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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 still looking specimens of Naja philippinensis, and extra specimens of species we already have. If you have something for sale, please contact us, at the link above.

     The 4 photos below were taken by me, of some animals that used to be in our collection. The animals pictured below those 4, are in our collection now.

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1 . 1  Naja nivea  -  Cape Cobra

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CB'13 Male

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CB'13 Female

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          This pair sent to us from our friend Victor on 10/29/13.

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Pattern & Color:

Juveniles are yellow with a black band on the throat covering approximately ventrals 6 to 18, this fades to brown in subadults and disappears completely in adults. Specimens from the Kalahari sands of Botswana, central Namibia and northern Namaqualand are uniform yellow apart from a dark tail tip and sometimes a few scattered brown dorsal speckles. Further south the amount of brown speckling increases above and below and eventually dominates over yellow, there is also a uniform golden brown phase.

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Scalation:

Around Hood - 21 - 23   Very Rarely 19 or 25

Mid-body - 21   Very Rarely 19 or 23

Before Vent - 15   Very Rarely 13 or 17

Ventral - 186 - 215 Males     193 - 228 Females

Sub-caudal - 52 - 68 Males     50 - 67 Females

Size:

Males to about 1.8 m, females to about 1.67 m.

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Distribution:

Central and southern Namibia, southwestern Botswana, and the western provinces of South Africa, just entering western Lesotho.

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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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