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The Cape Cobra occurs in a range of colours – usually various shades of yellow, brown or mottled and they have a dark tipped tail. They usually have a shiny appearance and juveniles have a dark throat bar which fades as the snake matures.
The Snouted Cobra is usually brown to mustard yellow in colour with a darker back or darker mottled back. (a banded form of this snake does also occur). The belly is off yellow with a lot of feint splotching and usually one feint crossbar. There is often a dark tear under the eye and they have a pronounced rostral (nose) scale.