Naja anchietae (Anchieta's cobra)
Anchietae se kobra [Afrikaans]
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Anchieta's cobra can be identified by its large impressive
hood (with a conspicuous brown band in juveniles), its occasional ploy of
playing dead, its preference wooded river banks and its high level of activity
at dusk. It grows to an average length of 1 meter but may reach 1.2 meters in
Distribution and habitat
Found in the following areas Northern
Namibia, Northern Botswana and a small portion of East Zimbabwe. Its favoured
habitat is wooded areas close to rivers or wetlands. Although primarily ground
dwelling it can also be found small shrubs.
(including poultry), birds eggs, lizards and other snakes.
Predators, parasites and disease
Fed on by
secretary birds and
mammalian carnivores (e.g.
mongooses) and other snakes.
Oviparous (egg laying), laying between 47 and 60 eggs in
This cobra species has a potentially lethal neurotoxic
venom that can cause asphyxiation and eventually death if untreated. Its venom
also causes pain and blistering in the affected limb. There is not an antivenom
available and therefore early treatment is essential.
Broadley, D.G. 1983. FitzSimons' Snakes of Southern
Africa. Delta Books, Johannesburg.
Marais, J. 2004. A Complete Guide to Snakes of Southern Africa.
Struik Publishing, Cape Town.