Snouted cobra

Snouted cobra
Snouted Cobra
Banded Phase
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Naja
Species: N. annulifera
Binomial name
Naja annulifera
Peters, 1854
Synonyms
  • Naja haje annulifera

The snouted cobra, Naja annulifera, is a snake species found in southern Africa in Zambia, Zimbabwe, C/S Mozambique, E Botswana, NE South Africa and Swaziland. It was formerly considered a subspecies of the Egyptian Cobra Naja haje, and the Anchieta's Cobra (Naja anchietae) was also formerly considered to be a subspecies of the latter species and later this species, before being split as a distinct species.

On March 26, 2011 the Bronx Zoo's Reptile house was closed due to the escape of an "Egyptian Cobra". This is actually a Banded Snouted Cobra. The snake was found on March 31, 2011.

Contents

Description

Most adults of this species are grey-brown above with yellow ventral scales and a brown throat band, but there is also a banded phase with wide yellow and brown bands that occurs throughout its range. Juveniles are lighter being yellow or greenish and having a black throat band and dark scale margins that can form irregular transverse lines.[1]

Venom

It is a highly venomous species with neurotoxic venom, and a bite can cause local pain swelling and paralysis and possibly death.[2]

Habitat

Snouted cobras inhabit savanna grasslands, semideserts, and rocky areas but is also often found nearby humans in gardens and under houses.

Diet

Their diet consists of amphibians, small mammals, reptiles including other snakes and birds and their eggs.[3]

References


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Egyptian cobra — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata …   Wikipedia

  • Naja — For other uses, see Naja (disambiguation). Cobras Indian cobra, N. naja Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • Naja annulifera —   Cobra hocicuda Clasificación científica Reino: Anima …   Wikipedia Español

  • Causinae — Common night adder, C. rhombeatus Scientific classification Kingdom: Anima …   Wikipedia

  • India — /in dee euh/, n. 1. Hindi, Bharat. a republic in S Asia: a union comprising 25 states and 7 union territories; formerly a British colony; gained independence Aug. 15, 1947; became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations Jan. 26, 1950.… …   Universalium

  • Deadly (UK TV Series) — Deadly... is a strand of British wildlife documentary programming aimed principally at children and young people, which is broadcast on CBBC on BBC One and Two and on the CBBC Channel. It is presented by Steve Backshall, with Naomi Wilkinson as… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”