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Species:
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea)

Classification: Dangerously Venomous

Other Names: Geelslang; Kaapse Kobra, Koperkapel, Bruinkapel

This snake varies in colour from near black to dark or light brown, beige, yellow or speckled while juveniles have a dark band on the throat. The Cape Cobra is easily confused with the Mole snake and the Black Spitting Cobra. It is by far our most dangerous cobra and with the Black Mamba it accounts for the majority of fatal snake bites in South Africa. The Cape Cobra may stand its ground if threatened and is quick to form a hood. It bites readily.

It occurs largely in the Cape provinces but extends into the Free State, Northwest, southern Botswana and Namibia just north of Windhoek.

Its venom is potently neurotoxic causing progressive weakness and may affect breathing within less than half an hour. Victims need urgent hospitalisation and in a severe bite antivenom is essential.

Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @gerrieheyns
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @snakerescue
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @iammakingart
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @kurtvanwyk
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @susannes_houseofsnakes
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @iammakingart
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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Sketch by Ziané Muller.⁠
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📸 @ettienneduradoswanepoel
Juvenile Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @snakerescue
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @hana.petersen
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @living_zoology
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.  ♻ @beautifulnewssa
📸 @snakerescue
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @littleashcloud
Juvenile Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.  📸 @rvh_nature
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.  📸 @susannes_houseofsnakes
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @manfredfoeger
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea) from Cape Town, Western Cape. Dangerously venomous.  📸 @snakerescue
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @nextgenherpetologist
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @africansnakebiteinstitute
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @snakerescue
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @living_zoology
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea) from Montagu, Western Cape. Dangerously venomous.  It's being held with a pair of bite-proof HexArmor gloves.  📸 @gerrieheyns
Camera trap photo of a Grey Mongoose (Herpestes pulverulentus) engaged in a very tense stand-off with a Cape Cobra (Naja nivea).  📸 @capeleopardtrust / https://instagram.com/capeleopardtrust
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @snakerescue
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @groenkloof_vet
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @rvh_nature
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @kylemaier.photography
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @snakerescue
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @kylemaier.photography
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.  📸 @gerrieheyns
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @hirals_hive
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.  📸 @db_born_wild
Juvenile Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @rvh_nature
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @kylemaier.photography
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.  📸 @herpingnamibia
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.  📸 @sparkyhougaard
Juvenile Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.  📸 @snakerescue
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @nextgenherpetologist
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @mr.thilon
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea). A highly venomous snake with a potent neurotoxic venom that, with the Black Mamba, accounts for the majority of fatal snakebites in Southern Africa.⁠
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📸 @africansnakebiteinstitute
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @gerrieheyns
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea) feeding on a Common Platanna. Dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @lindsaymandy.za
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @snakerescue
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea) from the Western Cape. Dangerously venomous.  📸 @ettienneduradoswanepoel  Follow link in bio for more info.
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.  📸 @mr.thilon  Follow link in bio for more info.
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea) from the Western Cape. Dangerously venomous.  📸 @snakerescue  Follow link in bio for more info.
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.  📸 @mr.thilon  Follow link in bio for more info.
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), dangerously venomous.  📸 @mr.thilon  Follow link in profile for more info.
Cape Cobra (Naja nivea) from the Western Cape. Dangerously venomous.  📸 @snakerescue  Follow link in bio for more info.
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