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Naja nigricollis

Black Necked Spitting Cobra

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
Can spit venom (up to 300 cm). 💦 ref
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These snakes can spit venom without rearing up or even visibly opening their mouth.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 280 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 20 to 25 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

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

  • 5.8 mm ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Naja nigricollis  AFRIKAANS Sebraslang, Swart Spoegslang, Swartkeelspoegkobra, CHINESE 黑颈射毒眼镜蛇 (Hēi Jǐng Shè Dú Yǎnjìngshé), DUTCH Afrikaanse Spugende Cobra, Zwarthalscobra, ENGLISH Black Necked Spitting Cobra, Black Spitting Cobra, Crawshay's Spitting Cobra, Western Barred Spitting Cobra, FRENCH Cobra Cracheur à Cou Noir, GERMAN Afrikanische Speikobra, Schwarzhalskobra, SPANISH Cobra Escupidora Cebra, Cobra Escupidora De Cuello Negro, UNCODED LANGUAGES Mpili, Mpiri, Muyirima, Nchuweira, Nsuweila, Nsuweira 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 nigricollis

  • Black necked spitting cobra
  • VI. snakeID

  • 744
Look up complete taxonomic records of Naja nigricollis (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).