Summary details for Naja nigricincta nigricincta


If you are unsure of the identification of a snake you have observed, you can ask an expert for snake identification by uploading a photo to the Snakes of Namibia facebook page.

You can also get help from their amazing album of infographics of the common snake species in Namibia.

The facebook page also has contact details for snake catchers - people who are experienced in catching and removing snakes - throughout the country.

In the case of a snake bite, email "snakebite" to snakebitedoc@gmail.com. Namibia's snakebite expert - Dr Buys - will respond immediately.


 

Western Barred Spitting Cobra (Zebra Cobra)

Naja nigricincta nigricincta

Zebra snakes can be easily identified by the black crossbars which encircles the body. These are nocturnal snakes which actively hunt for for prey (rodents, birds, lizards, snakes). When provoked they will spread a dark hood and spit their venom. Zebra snakes have a potent cytotoxic (cell tissue destroying) venom which causes intense pain, swelling and necrosis. 

First aid: In the case of venom in they eyes, they eyes must be washed out immediately with a gentle running stream of water. Victim should be taken to hospital for further assessment of the eye. In the case of snake bite the limb should be elevated and the victim should be transported to hospital ASAP.

Remember these are shy snakes that would resort to biting when they feel threatened. 

Western Barred Spitting Cobra
Western Barred Spitting Cobra © Photo: Francois Theart
Western Barred Spitting Cobra - hatchling
Western Barred Spitting Cobra - hatchling © Photo: Francois Theart
Western Barred Spitting Cobra
Western Barred Spitting Cobra © Photo: M O'Shea/K Stratford/Ongava Research Centre
Western Barred Spitting Cobra
Western Barred Spitting Cobra © Photo: M O'Shea/K Stratford/Ongava Research Centre