Most of the Cape Cobras I capture in the area are speckled yellow or speckled brown, but every now and then I see one of these dark brown (almost black) specimens.

I was called out to a place near Atlantis to remove the snake from a building this morning. It was quite placid, but even so this is not a snake to take chances with – a juvenile or sub-adult Cape Cobra is just as dangerous as a fully-grown one.

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.