Cobra and coral snakes are extremely dangerous venomous snakes. In particular, coral snakes are the second most venomous snakes compared to any other snake species, only after the black Mamba snake. So what if the two combine?
We will have a snake named African coral cobra (scientific name: Aspidelaps lubricus). Of course, this is just a simile because this is not a hybrid between a cobra and a cobra.
Coral cobra. Illustration: Thanh Luan
The coral cobra is also a highly venomous snake endemic to South Africa. Like many other species of cobra, the coral cobra also has a very limited ability to spread its cobra, which is not as obvious as the common cobra.
Coral cobras are nocturnal. They often hide and move under rocks in dry places such as deserts to find food. Their victims are small rodents, lizards, …
This snake is often confused with the common cobra (scientific name is Telescopus semiannulatus) which also lives in South Africa but is harmless because it has no venom. Therefore, it is necessary to identify this poisonous snake to avoid unfortunate accidents.
How to recognize coral cobra. Photo: African Snakebite Institute
Coral cobras have a black cavity, alternating red-orange on the back and pale yellow below the abdomen. The scales on the nose are very large and have a teardrop-like pattern below the snake’s eyes. The average length of the coral cobra is 60 cm, the maximum is 75 cm.
The coral cobra’s venom is neurotoxic and strong enough to kill an adult human. Presently no serum resistant to venom, so be careful when encountering this snake.
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