The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Snouted Cobra

Afrikaans name: Wipneuskobra

Snouted or Egyptian Cobra

Snouted Cobra

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Naja annulifera

The Snouted Cobra is also referred to as the Egyptian or Banded Cobra.

This is a large snake that can reach a length of 2.5 metres although most are smaller. It is found in savanna and bushveld habitats.

The Snouted Cobra is found in the north-eastern regions of South Africa. Beyond our borders it is found in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

This snake feeds on other snakes, rodents, birds and frogs.

The Snouted Cobra can reach an age of 20 years. They will typically set up home in a unused termite mound.

Bites from this snake are very painful, and potentially fatal, but anti-venom is available.

References and further reading

Snakes of Africa - Author: R.M. Isemonger - Published: 1983 - Page: 209

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 217

The Reptiles of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar, WD Haacke and NHG Jacobsen - Published: 1983 - Page: 210

Snakes & Snakebite in Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Johan Marais - Published: 2014 - Page: 50

Sasol First Field Guide to Snakes & other Reptiles of Southern Africa - 2nd edit - Author: Tracey Hawthorne - Published: 2016 - Page: 36

Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Rod Patterson and Anothony Bannister - Published: 1987 - Page: 88

Reptiles & Amphibians of Southern Africa - Author: Warren Schmidt - Published: 2006 - Page: 36

Questions and Answers - Snakes and Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: John Comrie-Greig - Published: 1992 - Page: 8

Questions and Answers - Snakes and Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: John Comrie-Greig - Published: 1992 - Page: 9

Kruger National Park Map - 2010 - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 2010 - Page: 10

Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Published: 1987 - Page: 346

Bill Branchs Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Bill Branch - Published: 1988 - Page: 92

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 119

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Graham Alexander and Johan Marais - Published: 2007 - Page: 150

A Field Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa - Author: V.F.M. Fitzsimmons - Published: 1970 - Page: 156


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