Summary details for Naja nivea


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Cape Cobra

Naja nivea

Extremely Dangerous. This is Africa's most venomous Cobra.

Adult colours are extremely variable ranging from yellow to black. Some individuals are speckled. Juveniles are yellow with a black band which fades and disappears completely in adults.

Venom type: Neurotoxic. Potent neurotoxin (i.e., affecting the body's nervous system causing sweating, drowsiness, slurred speech, droopy eyelids, difficulty swallowing and later difficulty in breathing and even death if not treated early and adequately. Mild to moderate local swelling, discolouration and pain are present.

Ability to spit venom: None

Range: Southern eastern and central Namibia.They occur throughout Southern Namibia. They are absent from the Windhoek area, however there are records from Usakos, Uis, Karibib and even the Swakop river.

Size: 1.5m - 1.8m

Cape Cobra
Cape Cobra © Photo: Francois Theart
Cape Cobra
Cape Cobra © Photo: Francois Theart
Cape Cobra
Cape Cobra © Photo: Francois Theart

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