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Snouted Cobra

Unread postby Scuba Steve » Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:02 am

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Jumbo » Sun Oct 11, 2009 1:48 pm

The Snouted Cobra (previously known as the Egyptian Cobra) is found in various colour variations…including a banded phase.
Here is a link to a photo of one that has the same colorization as yours.
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Re: Snakes: Mozambique Spitting Cobra

Unread postby gmlsmit » Tue Oct 12, 2010 11:29 am

We came across three beautiful specimens during our September 2010 visit.

The first one about one kilometer from the main entrance to the Shingwedzi Rest camp, the second near Red Rocks on the S52 and the third one late afternoon near the S35 a monster, I know books give them as as max 1.5 meters but this was a real biggy much longer that the width of my IZUZU 3 litre DC, unfortunately it would not pose for a photograph.

Unfortunately the photographs are not action shots but they do give an indication of what we spotted

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Re: Snakes: Mozambique Spitting Cobra

Unread postby Naja » Thu Oct 14, 2010 3:15 pm

Hi

Gmlsmit, the snake on the photos is not a Mozambique Spitting Cobra. It is a Snouted cobra (Naja annulifera). On the last photo, the golden / copper yellow colour can be clearly seen.

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Re: Snakes: Mozambique Spitting Cobra

Unread postby gmlsmit » Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:54 am

These snakes were all well in excess of 1.8 metres in length.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Nick H » Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:04 pm

I'm afraid I don't know much about snake identification - please could someone ID this one for me? It was actually seen in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby ross hawkins » Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:44 am

Nick possibly a snouted cobra. There is a section of dirty yellow along the throat which can rule out a black phase mole snake and no hooked snout also points away from mole snake.

Very nice specimen here though

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby sarafl » Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:29 pm

Hello everyone. Just returned from Kruger and need help with identifying 2 snakes. Here are two images of the first snake. This is my first time attempting to post photos, so I hope they work. Thanks for your help!

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby sarafl » Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:34 pm

Here is the image of the second snake I would like help identifying. For a size guide- this snake when stretched out was more than 1/2 the width of the road.

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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby BushSnake » Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:59 am

Neither of those are mambas. The first is a snouted cobra (Naja annulifera) and the second looks like one as well, although I'm not 100% sure as it can also be a Mozambique spitting cobra (Naja mossambica).

Black mambas are more slender snakes, and their scales appear much smoother than that of the cobras. The texture that you can see on the snake in the second photo would probably not have been visible in a mamba, and that is also the reason I ruled out a large grass snake (Psammophis mossambicus). All of the above mentioned snakes will reach this size, and all are known for lifting their heads like this.
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby sarafl » Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:59 am

Thanks for the fast replies! Here are some closer cropped shots that hopefully show more detail.

2 more of the first snake:
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2 more of the second snake (not the best- snake moved fast and blended well with the bush):
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby BushSnake » Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:39 am

Both are snouted cobras (Naja annulifera) then. I'd give up many lion sightings to see something like this crossing the road in front of me, so I'm quite jealous!
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby BushSnake » Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:11 pm

They are actually quite easy to tell apart, but it depends on what characteristics are visible. The best way to tell them apart is to look at the belly. The Mozambique Spitting cobra has broken bands on its throat, whereas an adult snouted does not. See image below of a spitting cobra:

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Mozambique spitting cobra from Lephalale

Keep in mind that few people wish to see the snake hooding like this, so they tend to get a sighting that looks more like this, but you can still see the bars on the throat:
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Mozambique spitting cobra from Marakele National Park (April 2010)

The colouration is also different, but both species vary a bit so it is not easy to describe the differences. Apart from that, anything over 1.5m is probably a snouted cobra because spitting cobras seldom (if ever) reach those large lengths.

Then the snout is obviously a bit different in the Snouted cobra. Compare the following 2 photos to see the difference.
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Head of a Mozambique spitting cobra from Nelspruit

Hope this helps!
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:13 pm

thank you BushSnake for the interesting explanations :k
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Re: Identification help: Snakes

Unread postby Roan » Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:01 pm

Just to add to what BushSnake already explained about the differences between the Snouted-Cobra and Mozambique Spitting Cobra;
If you get close enough you will also notice that the eye colour of the Snouty is black and that of the Mozzie is light in colour.
Great sightings all. The plover chasing the mamba off was probably trying to distractit and lead it away from chicks or its' nest.
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