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Latin name

 

Naja nivea

Family

 

Snakes

Size

 

Length 1 - 2 m

Weight

 

-

Colour

 

A wide range, from various shades of yellow and brown (sometimes with speckles) to purplish black. Whatever the colour, the snake has a glossy appearance. The young usually have a dark band at the neck.

Appearance

 

Small specimens may be confused with a variety of harmless species, such as the mole snake, but the cobra's habit of rearing up with hood splayed identifies it.

Habitat

 

Usually arid, sandy areas where there is a good rodent population.