Western Barred Spitting Cobra - Naja nigricollis nigricinta

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Average Length: 1 m Names in other languages
Afrikaans: Sebraslang
Look for:
  • Distinct dark rings on the body and tail
  • Spreads hood when threatened
  • Spits venom
  • Active at night


Distribution


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


First Aid

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

Habits

It is a shy snake, always trying to escape; if cornered will spread a hood and spit its venom.  Snake often found on tarred roads.

Food

Other snakes, lizards, toads and small mammals.

Reproduction

Oviparous. Lays 10-22 eggs.

Enemies

Predatory birds and snakes.

Habitat

Namib Desert and Karoo regions of central and Northern Namibia, and into southern reaches of Angola.

 

 

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