Naja melanoleuca Hallowell, 1857, Gaboon.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
The forest cobra has a length of 79-118 in (2-3 m). With its large, thick body, it is Africa's largest cobra. Its color is variable by region but usually is dark with crossbars or blotches.
Western and central Africa and eastern coastal parts of southern Africa.
This species generally inhabits forest and woodland, but it can also be found in open savanna and grassland in some parts of its range.
The forest cobra is fast, very active, and an agile climber. It is active both day and night and can be aggressive if not able to retreat.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
This is an active forager that feeds on a wide variety of prey, including mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
The female lays 15-26 eggs.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
This species is venomous, but little is known about the effects of a bite because the snake is successful at avoiding humans. ♦
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