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2 . 2  Naja anchietae  -  Anchieta's Cobra

(Angolan Cobra)

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CB'13 Male

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CB'13 Male

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CB'13 Female

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CB'13 Female

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The 2.2 Anchieta's Cobras were purchased by our friend Victor. We will be raising them up and hopefully breeding them.

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..........ID.#.......... ......Hood...... Midbody Before.Vent Ventral Subcaudal
Anc-001-13-M 15 17 13 189 53
Anc-002-13-M 15 17 13 187 52
Anc-003-13-F 15 17 13 195 48
Anc-004-13-F 15 17 15 196 51

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Pattern & Color:

Juveniles are yellow above and below, dorsally with dark scale margins forming irregular transverse lines and a broad black band encircling the neck. Adults gradually darken to light or dark brown, the dark band on the neck fades out. The venter is usually yellow, heavily blotched with dark brown, and the throat band, covering ca. ventrals 12 - 23, becomes purple-brown.

A banded phase sometimes occurs in the southern part of the species range, black with six to eight yellow bands on the body and one to three on the tail.  The light bands are usually as wide or wider than the dark ones. This banded phase has been noted in 13% of males, and 22% of females.

Scalation:

Around Hood - 15 or 17

Mid-body - 17   Very Rarely 15 or 19

Before Vent - 13   Very Rarely 11 or 15

Ventral - 171 - 196 M    177 - 200 F

Sub-caudal - 51 - 65 M    49 - 66 F

Size:

Average a little over 1 meter. Max over 2 meters.

Distribution:

Southern Angola, western Zambia, northern Namibia, northern Botswana and northwestern Zimbabwe.

Taxonomic comment:

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Some of the information on this page was copied from the publications below.

African Journal of Herpetology, 2004 53(2):101-122. A review of the southern African ‘non-spitting’ cobras (Serpentes: Elapidae: Naja)

DONALD G. BROADLEY AND WOLFGANG WÜSTER

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The Snakes of Thailand and Their Husbandry by Merel J. Cox

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