Full Name: Snouted Cobra (Naja annulifera)
Other Names: Egyptian Cobra; Wipneuskobra; Egiptiese Kobra; Bosveldkapel
Classification: HIGHLY VENOMOUS
The Snouted Cobra is largely a moist and dry savannah inhabitant but is also found in lowveld and bushveld areas where it actively hunts its prey during the day or at night.
It feeds on rodents, birds, their eggs and especially toads, but is fond of eating snakes, including the Puff Adder. It is not an aggressive snake, but if cornered, will stand its ground and form an impressive hood. It may exceed 2.5 m in length.
It is usually different shades of brown, but some individuals have broad light brown and purplish-black bands on the back. The venom of this snake is both neurotoxic and cytotoxic and may cause some tissue damage. Polyvalent antivenom is effective, but luckily bites are rare.