Red Spitting Cobra

The Red Spitting Cobra (Naja pallida), is a species of spitting cobras native to Africa. They can spit venom up to 2m through tiny apertures in the fangs. They can grow from 70 to 121 cm (2½-4 ft) in length and can vary in colour from red to gray. The juveniles are easily recognised by having a dark black throat band.They are oviparous, laying up to 15 eggs in a burrow or in rotting vegetation. They are common in northeast Africa, (Nile valley, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia). They eat a wide range of vertebrates including frogs. It is a terrestrial snake, and nocturnal. The venom can cause a lot of pain but rarely death. This species was formerly considered to be a subspecies, Naja mossambica pallida, of Naja mossambica, but is now categorized as a separate species [1].

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