Namibia’s Naja anchietae-Anchieta’s cobra

This is Namibia’s largest elapid snake and may be a non-spitter. the pinnacle is pointed and hardly distinct from the remainder of the body. Juveniles ar yellow on top of and below and a broad black band encircles the neck. Adults darken to lightweight or dark brown as they age. A banded variation additionally happens with broad black and yellow bands.

This is a dark snake (more active late afternoon and early morning – twilight hours). It feeds on a range of amphibians, tiny mammals and different reptiles and is usuallyencountered in or around a supply water. They are extremely venomous, but these ar terribly keep snakes and bites ar terribly rare.

Note: Venomous!

Distribution: when BROADLEY & WÜSTER (2004). Previous reports additionally enclosed African nation, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, S Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire).

Colouration: Juveniles are yellow on top of and below, dorsally with dark scale margins forming irregular crosswise lines and a broad black band peripheral the neck. Adults bit by bit darken to lightweight or dark brown, the dark band on the neck fades out. The venter is sometimes yellow, heavily splotched with dark brown, and therefore the throat band, covering ca. ventrals 12-23, becomes purple-brown.

A banded section generally happens within the southern a part of the species vary, black with six to eight yellow bands on the body and one to a few on the tail. the sunshine bands ar sometimes as wide or wider than the dark ones. This banded section has been noted in thirteen of males and twenty second of females.

This is a terrestrial and nocturnal species, search for food from gloaming onward, typically venturing into poultry runs. throughout the day it’s typically seen basking close to its most well-liked retreat, sometimes Associate in Nursing abandoned insect mound, a hole in a very rock, hollow tree or underneath dense vegetation. though primarily ground home it can even be found in tiny shrubs. The Anchieta’s elapid snake is a lot of aggressive than closely connected species reminiscent of the Snouted elapid snake, however otherwise similar in habits. though this species can posture in a very hostile means once angry, it’ll break away once given the chance. it’s been illustriousto feign death, however it’s not as inclined to show this behavior as is that the Rinkhals(Hemachatus haemachatus). this can be not a black-necked cobra.

  • Data:
    Lifestyle: Carnivore, meat eater.
    Habitat: Terrestrial, savannah timber.
    Occurrence: autochthonal.
    Endemism: South-central continent.
    IUCN Conservation status: Not Evaluated.

Photo by: Cape Snake Conservation