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 Post subject: South Africa's spitting snakes
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 10:02 am 
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Experts, please correct me if I am wrong.

Not many non-snake people knows this, but there are only 4 snakes in SA that can "spit" (squirting it out thru the hollow opening in its fangs) their venom.

They are:

Mozambique spitting cobra.
Black spitting cobra.
Rinkhals.
Zebra snake.


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 Post subject: Zebra snake
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:redface: This is a snake I have never heard of could some one please enligthen me?

If it was renamed from which snake was this renamed from?
Any pictures available? Where does this snake originate from and what is the spread of the snake. Any info will be appreciated.

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Frik :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: South Africa's spitting snakes
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:43 am 
Hi WT
I’m no expert, but I have a great book :D
According to “A Complete Guide to the snakes of Southern Africa” by Johan Marais, the only two SA snakes that actually spit, are the Moz Cobra and the Rinkhals.

The Black-necked Spitting Cobra, the Black Spitting Cobra and the Zebra Cobra, do not actually “spit” their venom but rather squirt it, although the word “spit” is commonly used…..and they can do this “squirting” for 2 or more meters. As the Moz cobra, they can also “spit’ from any position, even when concealed in a rock crevice.
These three snakes are all subspecies of Naja nigricollis. Only one of the three is found in SA, the Black Spitting Cobra (the Zebra Cobra is found in Namibia). For many years the Black Spitting Cobra was believed to be a black variety of the Cape Cobra. It is listed as rare in the SA Red Data Book and found in the dry western parts of SA.


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Thanks Jumbo, very interesting indeed. I actually made a mistake with the topic's heading. It should read: "Southern Africa's "spitting" snakes." :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: South Africa's spitting snakes
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This Cobra is a subspecies of the Black-Necked Spitting Cobra (Naja nigricollis).
This snake can reach lengths of 1.5 meters. The distribution of this subspecies streches from Southern Angola all through the Namib Desert to Central Namibia.

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 Post subject: Re: South Africa's spitting snakes
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Rinkhals.

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And if memory services me this is the Mozambican Spitting cobra.


Before you through me with stones I was doing a cource in venoms snake handeling not playing with them..... :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: South Africa's spitting snakes
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We have a problem with rinkals here where we live,.
The latest visitor being , if not fully grown and they
seem much darker however the pattern on the back
resembles. This one seems much fatter too.

Just maybe the photographic value is deceiving.

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 Post subject: Re: South Africa's spitting snakes
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That looks like a pretty serious snake, Netek :big_eyes:

H.E, I have Rinkals here, but it is the puff adder that really scares me.

My mother, who stays with me, had a classic Rinkals encounter, where she thought the snake had died.

The Rinkals does play dead.

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 Post subject: Re: South Africa's spitting snakes
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Nice photo

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 Post subject: Re: South Africa's spitting snakes
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Tell me about it Mouse. They feign death so perfect.

Had one instance, and always it seems that these
snakes are smart enough to take refuge to a room
on the property most laden and packed with stuff,...

When leaving my garage, exiting, one jack russell did
strange movements and growled looking past me at
a low angle. It seemed strange, I have learn't and
stopped dead still, looking down at the corner outside
the door,...

The dog acted strangely before me,..
Instinctively I knew stepping furher and sure as damn
is a swearword there it stood in full spleandour sharing
space with me!!!

Then all hell began!, uprooting the entire storage space.

Having lost a dear Jack Russell to rinkhals once before,
this one posed to be a problem. I needed it out,..

and ended killing it or so I believed.,.. using brooms
and rakes and you name it. I assured self that this
blessed animal had succumbed to my violence!!!!

Hooked it up by the tail against the wall, in the lean too,
now a total shambles for I needed to reassure my own
shock, by means of measurement!!! :doh:

Left the mortal animal dangling there while scrutinizing
some books for data,.... Just short of 1,200.00mm

Returning to remove it,... it reared at me,... :shock:

Since then I adopted a rather odd attitude toward these
animals!! ,..Namely,....

"Catch and dispatch",.. sounds redicolous,... :wink:

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