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2 . 2  Naja annulifera  -  Snouted Cobra

AnnB-001-11 M.JPG (265940 bytes)

CB'11 Male

AnnB-001-11-M

AnnB-002-11 F.jpg (131346 bytes)

CB'11 Female

AnnB-002-11-F

CB'15 Male

 

CB'1CB'11 Femalee

AnnB-004-13-F

 

CB'08 Male

AtrCbr-005-08-M

 

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..........ID.#.......... ......Hood...... Midbody Before.Vent Ventral Subcaudal
AnnB-001-11-M 19 19 15 189 56
AnnB-002-11-F 19 19 15 196 60
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Pattern & Color:

Juveniles are yellow or greenish yellow above, usually with dark scale margins that may form irregular transverse lines, there is usually a broad black band encircling the neck; yellow below. Adults gradually darken to gray-brown or black, sometimes with lighter mottling or scattered white spots, but a few remain yellow or orange, the dark band on the back of the neck fades out. The venter is usually yellow, heavily blotched with dark brown, and the throat band, covering ca. ventrals 12-20, becomes purple-brown, but is often obscured by general darkening posteriorly, becoming uniform blue-black on the tail..

A banded phase occurs throughout the range of the species, the banding is hardly discernable in hatchlings, but by the time a snake attains a length of 600 mm, it is black with seven to nine yellow bands on the body and one or two on the tail. The light bands are usually about half the width of the dark ones and may be divided by a narrow black transverse line. The yellow bands may encircle the body, but are frequently mottled with black ventrally.

Scalation:

Around Hood - 19   Very Rarely 17 or 21

Mid-body - 19   Very Rarely 17 or 21

Before Vent - 13 or 15   Very Rarely 11

Ventral - 169 - 208 Males     180 - 206 Females

Sub-caudal - 48 - 67 Males     48 - 69 Females

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Size:

Adults average about 150 - 160 cm. Max up to about 245 cm. (59" - 63" average, to over 96.5")

Distribution:

The Gwembe (middle Zambezi) valley of Zambia, southern Malawi, Zimbabwe, central and southern Mozambique (on the coast not known north of Quelimane - Kelly 1991), eastern Botswana, the northeastern provinces of South Africa, and Swaziland.

Taxonomic comment:

Easily confused with Naja kaouthia. Most easily distinguished by virtue of having lower ventral and sub caudal scale counts, particular when sex is taken into account.

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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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