Residents of an apartment complex in Bellville called me earlier today about a snake they saw going into some bushes on a ledge.
I had to spend some time searching through the very thick foilage, but finally saw this Cape Cobra’s tail and was able to get him into my snake bucket.
Also known as a “Koperkapel” or “Geelslang” in Afrikaans, the Cape Cobra is a common venomous snake that can range in colour from yellow through reddish brown to black.
When threatened or cornered, Cape Cobras are quick to spread a hood and won’t hesitate to bite. Their venom is highly neurotoxic (the most potent of any African cobra), attacking the nervous system and causing respiratory collapse (the victim stops breathing).
Cape Cobras feed on rodents, birds, lizards, toads, and other snakes.
Oviparous, they lay 8-20 eggs in mid-summer.