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Naja melanoleuca

Forest Cobra

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
--- Can not spit venom --- ref
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Snake is described as one of the most dangerous snakes in West Africa. It is a large snake that moves rapidly and that can inject large amounts of venom. It is a fast striker that is notorious for its aggression.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 320 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 22 to 40 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

  • fixed ref front-fanged ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length

  • 3.5 mm ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Naja melanoleuca  AFRIKAANS Boskobra, CHINESE 非洲眼镜蛇 (Fēizhōu Yǎnjìngshé), ENGLISH Black And White Cobra, Black And White Lipped Cobra, Forest Cobra, White Lipped Cobra, FRENCH Cobra Des Forêts, Cobra Noir Et Blanc, GERMAN Schwarzweiße Hutschlange, Schwarzweiße Kobra, Waldkobra, Weißlippenkobra, SPANISH Cobra Blanquinegra, Cobra De Bosque 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 melanoleuca

  • Forest cobra
  • VI. snakeID

  • 739
Look up complete taxonomic records of Naja melanoleuca (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).