Photo courtesy Johannes
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Uniform black body, above and below
Juveniles are grey with black head
Spread a hood when disturbed
Venom Type: Cytotoxic.
Potent, causes severe tissue damage.
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.
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.
lizards, toads, small mammals.
Lays 10-20 eggs.
rocky outcrops and dry rocky watercourses in Namib desert and Karoo.