Security at one of the housing complexes in Table View called me earlier to retrieve this Cape Cobra from someone’s garden – this is the first cobra I’ve caught in the area this season.
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.