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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Family:Elapidae
Genus:Naja
Genus species:Naja nivea

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:1-2 m
Identification:The Cape cobra is black or brown in color and is mottled with yellow or orange.
Habitat:Arid savannas, urban and rural areas
Diet:Carnivore: rodents, birds, lizards, toads, snakes
Reproduction:Clutches can contain anywhere from 8-25 eggs. The incubation period is 14-21 days long.
Behavior:Cape cobras are active at night and during the day.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:This species has the most potent venom of any African snake. The venom is a neurotoxin, causing victims to die from suffocation.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Africa Date:1958-1988 Subjects:reptile
herptile
Cape cobra
snake
Cobras
Elapidae
Snakes
Squamata
Reptiles
Vertebrates
Chordata