Black Spitting Cobra - Naja nigricollis woodi

Home ] General ] Families ] Species List ] Venom Key ] Fang Key ] Head Shape Key ] Markings Key ] Color Key ] Distribution ] Biomes and Vegetation ] References ] Glossary ] Dedication ]


 


Photo courtesy Johannes Els


Average Length: 1,2 m. Names in other languages
Afrikaans: Swart Spoegslang

Look for:

  • Uniform black body, above and below

  • Juveniles are grey with black head

  • Spread a hood when disturbed

  • Spits venom



Venom Type: Cytotoxic. Potent, causes severe tissue damage.


First Aid

Immobilize and reassure victim, who must lie down and be kept as quiet as possible. Apply pressure bandage, see First-aid procedures; immobilise limb with a splint to reduce spread of venom. Loosen, but do not remove the bandage if there is severe swelling. Take victim to hospital as soon as possible.

Habits

A rare snake; for many years it was thought to be a black variety of Cape Cobra. When threatened it spreads a hood and spits venom in the same way as Mozambique Spitting Cobra but ejects much more venom at a time.

Food

Snakes, lizards, toads, small mammals.

Reproduction

Oviparous. Lays 10-20 eggs.

Enemies

Other snakes.

Habitat

Mountains and rocky outcrops and dry rocky watercourses in Namib desert and Karoo.

 

Home ] Up ] General ] Families ] Species List ] Venom Key ] Fang Key ] Head Shape Key ] Markings Key ] Color Key ] Distribution ] Biomes and Vegetation ] References ] Glossary ] Dedication ]



Safari Media Africa / C. Mitchell 2002/2003

Developed by