I received a call about a large Cape Cobra on a farm near Contermanskloof earlier today – the snake was stuck between a barn door and the wall, and two of the guys there kept an eye on it for me while I was on my way.

IMPORTANT: Don’t ever try holding a snake the way you see me doing it in this video – it is extremely dangerous to do if you haven’t been trained on the correct technique (some species of snake can bite sideways and get to you while you’re necking them, and some can bite through their own jaw to get to you).

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.

Find out more about this species here.