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     All animals pictured on this page are in our collection, and owned by us. The photos were taken by us, unless otherwise labeled. We are always looking for unrelated specimens. If you have something for sale, please contact us.

The photos below were taken by me, the 3rd photo was taken by Mardi Snipes, of animals that used to be in our collection. The animals pictured below those 3, are in our collection now.

   

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1 . 1  Naja haje  -  Egyptian Cobra

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Female

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Male

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Male

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          The female was acquired from a friend on 03/06/09. The male was acquired from another friend at the Myrtle Beach Show in July 2011.

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..........ID.#.......... ......Hood...... Midbody Before.Vent Ventral Subcaudal
Haj-002-05-F 23 21 15 209 55
Haj-004-07-M 21 21 14 200 62

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Color & Pattern:

Color is very variable, but usually brown or grayish above (occasionally black, dark gray, light brown sometimes with speckling), yellow or cream underneath. There is often a broad dark band on the underside of the neck. Some brown specimens are patterned with lighter scales on the back.

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Scalation:

Around Hood - 19 - 23   Usually 21

Mid-body - 19 - 23   Usually 21

Before Vent - 14 - 15

Ventral - 191 - 216 Males     202 - 222 Females

Sub-caudal - 53 - 67 Males     53 - 68 Females

Size:

Average 1.3 - 1.8 m. Reaches lengths over 2.5 m.  (51" - 71" average, to over 98")

Distribution:

From Senegal west to western Chad.  Southern Mali and Niger, south to northern Ivory Coast, Ghana, and central Nigeria. Northern Central African Republic.  Eastern Sudan.  Central Kenya south to northern Tanzania, and northern Somalia.  Northern Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.

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

Phylogeography and systematic revision of the Egyptian cobra (Serpentes Elapidae Naja haje) species complex, with the description of a new species from West Africa.

JEAN-FRANÇOIS TRAPE, LAURENT CHIRIO, DONALD G. BROADLEY & WOLFGANG WÜSTER

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

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