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Hemachatus haemachatus


Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
Can spit venom (up to 200 cm). 💦 ref
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The bite of most elapids is not painful. You can be bitten and envenomated without noticing it.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 150 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 20 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • ovoviviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

  • fixed ref front-fanged ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

0 to 2500 meter above sea level (a.s.l.) ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Hemachatus haemachatus  AFRIKAANS Rinkhals, DUTCH Ringhalscobra, ENGLISH Ring Necked Spitting Cobra, Ringhals, FRENCH Sépédon Hémachate, GERMAN Ringhalskobra ref

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Elapidae

  • Elapids
  • III. Subfamily Incertae_sedis (Elapidae)

  • not assigned to any subfamily
  • IV. Genus Hemachatus

  • Spitting cobras
  • V. Species Hemachatus haemachatus

  • Rinkhals
  • VI. snakeID

  • 605
Look up complete taxonomic records of Hemachatus haemachatus (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).