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Naja nivea

Cape Cobra

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
--- Can not spit venom --- ref
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Warning. 

The bite of most elapids is not painful. You can be bitten and envenomated without noticing it.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 185 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 26 to 35 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

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

  • 6 mm ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Naja nivea  AFRIKAANS Bruinkapel, Geelslang, Kaapse Kobra, Koperkapel, CHINESE 黄金眼镜蛇 (Huángjīn Yǎnjìngshé), ENGLISH Cape Cobra, Yellow Cobra, FRENCH Cobra Du Cap, GERMAN Kapkobra, ITALIAN Cobra Del Capo, Cobra Del Sudafrica, SPANISH Cobra Del Cabo 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 nivea

  • Cape cobra
  • VI. snakeID

  • 745
Look up complete taxonomic records of Naja nivea (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).