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1 . 0  Naja melanoleuca  -  Forest Cobra

Male (8' 10" long) (Togo)






Pattern & Color:

From Sierra Leone east to western Kenya and south to Angola are glossy black, the chin, throat and belly are cream or white in color, with broad black cross-bars and blotches. The sides of the head are marked with black and white, giving the impression of vertical black and white bars on the lips.

The second color morph, from the west African savanna, is banded black and yellow, with a black tail, the head is brownish-yellow on top, the lips, chin and throat are yellow.



Around Hood - 22 - 27

Mid-body - 17 - 21

Before Vent - 13 - 15

Ventral - 194 - 228

Sub-caudal - 58 - 72


Average 1.5 - 2.2 m.  (59" - 86.6" average)0 - 120 cm, sometimes over 150 cm.


Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Congo (Brazzaville), Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Gambia (HÅKANSSON 1981), Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of South Africa (Limpopo), Senegal, Sierra Leone, São Tomé (Gulf of Guinea),
Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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Some of the information on this page may have been copied from the publications below.



Forest Cobra - Wikipedia, the free encylopedia


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