The Anchieta’s Cobra is very similar to the Snouted Cobra in both appearance and behaviour. It occurs in western Zimbabwe, northern Botswana and northern Namibia (and elsewhere further north). Individuals are orange-brown to purple-brown and banded varieties are also found.
This snake is widespread in Africa but only just enters the region in northern Namibia. It is a large cobra that may reach 2 m in length and is active both during the day and at night. It may cover fair distances in search of food and is also at home in trees. When threatened this snake will spread a hood and spit its venom. Once threatened it will not hesitate to bite.
This is our largest cobra species and may exceed 2.7 m in length. Adults are a light to medium shiny brown that darkens, becoming black towards the tail. The Brown Forest Cobra is active both during the day and night and favours dense bush where it hunts for small mammals, birds, frogs and other snakes. It is extremely shy and quick to escape – bites are rare.
A bright green snake that in South Africa inhabits coastal KZN and is usually only found within a few kilometres of the sea. In Mozambique and Zimbabwe, the distribution may extend further inland. It is often confused with harmless green snakes of the genus Philothamnus and the green Boomslang.