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Naja ashei

Giant Spitting Cobra

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
Can spit venom (up to 400 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 274.3 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • unknown
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

  • fixed ref front-fanged ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Naja ashei  CHINESE 阿氏射毒眼镜蛇 (Ā Shì Shè Dú Yǎnjìngshé), ENGLISH Ashe’s Spitting Cobra, East African Light Bellied Brown Spitting Cobra, Giant Spitting Cobra, Large Brown Spitting Cobra, GERMAN Ashe Speikobra, Riesenspeikobra, SPANISH Cobra Escupidora De Ashe, Cobra Escupidora Gigante 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 Naja

  • Cobras
  • V. Species Naja ashei

  • Giant spitting cobra
  • VI. snakeID

  • 732
Look up complete taxonomic records of Naja ashei (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).