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Species:
Forest Cobra (Naja subfulva)

Classification: Dangerously Venomous

Other Names: Boskobra

This is one of our largest cobras and may exceed 2.7 m in length. Adults are light to medium shiny brown that darkens towards the tail, the latter often black.

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. When cornered it will lift its head well off the ground and spread a narrow hood.

It occurs from Ballito in KZN northwards into Mozambique and elsewhere further north. It has recently been found in the northern Kruger National Park and extreme southern Soutpansberg.

Forest Cobra venom is potently neurotoxic and cytotoxic. Polyvalent antivenom is effective against its venom.

Forest Cobra (Naja subfulva), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸️ @sterrinswildworld / @cjs_reptiles
Brown Forest Cobra (Naja subfulva), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @chandre_v001 / @cazzzie1980
Forest Cobra (Naja subfulva), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @africansnakebiteinstitute
Forest Cobra (Naja subfulva), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @sterrinswildworld
Forest Cobra (Naja melanoleuca) from Uganda, dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @matthieuberroneau
Forest Cobra (Naja melanoleuca), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @venom_breeder_94
Egg Tooth: Snake eggs are soft and leathery and for the hatchling to escape from the egg it cuts its way out with an egg tooth.⁠
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The egg tooth is a sharp bony projection that develops within the oral cavity at the top of the upper jaw on the premaxillary bone. It has a horizontal blade, and the shell is cut from the inside by the snake moving its head from side to side. It is shed soon after hatching. ⁠
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Forest Cobra (Naja subfulva) hatchling.⁠
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📸 @africansnakebiteinstitute
Forest Cobra (Naja subfulva), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @africansnakebiteinstitute
Forest Cobra (Naja subfulva), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @matvangeo
Forest Cobra (Naja subfulva), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @africansnakebiteinstitute
Forest Cobra (Naja subfulva), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @nickevanskzn
Forest Cobra (Naja subfulva) feeding on a Raucous Toad, dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @rodgerbowren
Forest Cobra (Naja melanoleuca), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @tomdyring_wildlifephoto
Brown Forest Cobra (Naja subfulva), dangerously venomous.⁠
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📸 @mykeclarkson
Forest Cobra (Naja melanoleuca), dangerously venomous.  📸 @mgkuypers
Forest Cobra (Naja melanoleuca), dangerously venomous.  📸 @wakefieldwildlife
Brown Forest Cobra (Naja subfulva), dangerously venomous.  📸 @snakerescue
Forest Cobra (Naja subfulva), dangerously venomous.  📸 @matvangeo
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