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Naja pallida

Red Spitting Cobra

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
Can spit venom (up to 300 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 157 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • unknown
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

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

  • 4.9 mm ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

0 to 1200 meter above sea level (a.s.l.) ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Naja pallida  CHINESE 红颈喷毒眼镜蛇 (Hóng Jǐng Pēn Dú Yǎnjìngshé), DUTCH Rode Spuwende Cobra, ENGLISH African Cobra, Red Spitting Cobra, FRENCH Cobra Cracheur Rouge, GERMAN Rote Speikobra, SPANISH Cobra Escupidora Roja 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 pallida

  • Red spitting cobra
  • VI. snakeID

  • 748
Look up complete taxonomic records of Naja pallida (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).