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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Snouted Cobra

Afrikaans name: Wipneuskobra

Snouted or Egyptian Cobra

Snouted Cobra

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Naja annulifera

The Snouted Cobra is also referred to as the Egyptian or Banded Cobra.

This is a large snake that can reach a length of 2.5 metres although most are smaller. It is found in savanna and bushveld habitats.

The Snouted Cobra is found in the north-eastern regions of South Africa. Beyond our borders it is found in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

This snake feeds on other snakes, rodents, birds and frogs.

The Snouted Cobra can reach an age of 20 years. They will typically set up home in a unused termite mound.

Bites from this snake are very painful, and potentially fatal, but anti-venom is available.

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa - Author: V.F.M. Fitzsimmons - Year Published: 1970 - Page: 156

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Graham Alexander and Johan Marais - Year Published: 2007 - Page: 150

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 119

Bill Branch's Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Bill Branch - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 92

Kruger National Park Map - 2010 - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: 2010 - Page: 10

Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 346

Questions and Answers - Snakes and Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: John Comrie-Greig - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 8

Questions and Answers - Snakes and Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: John Comrie-Greig - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 9

Reptiles & Amphibians of Southern Africa - Author: Warren Schmidt - Year Published: 2006 - Page: 36

Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Rod Patterson and Anothony Bannister - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 88

Sasol First Field Guide to Snakes & other Reptiles of Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Tracey Hawthorne - Year Published: 2016 - Page: 36

Snakes of Africa - Author: R.M. Isemonger - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 209

The Reptiles of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar, WD Haacke and NHG Jacobsen - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 210

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