Egyptian Cobra




Vital Statistics

Name
Egyptian Cobra [Naja haje]
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Elapidae
Subspecies
The Snouted Cobra [Naja annulifera] and the Anchieta's Cobra [Naja anchietae] were once sub-species but are now both separate species
Length_F
1, 52 - 1, 82 m
Length_M
1, 52 - 1, 82 m

Description

Egyptian Cobras may be a uniform light brown, black, or a light yellowish brown colour.

Distribution

The Egyptian Cobra is found throughout North Africa and south of the Sahara through West Africa, the Congo Basin and Kenya and Tanzania

Venom

The Egyptian Cobra venom is a potent neurotoxic type

Diet

The Egyptian Cobra feeds on a variety of vertebrates including frogs and smaller snakes.

Field Notes

The Egyptian cobra does not spit venom, instead its first defense is to move away from danger but when threatened it will turn and strike.



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