A slender cobra with smooth, shiny scales. Its head and the front of its body are greyish brown, speckled with black. The lower half of its body is glossy black. It rears up and spreads a narrow hood when it is alarmed.
Size To about 2 m, occasionally longer.
Distribution Tropical and subtropical Africa.
Food Frogs and toads, lizards, snakes, birds and small mammals.
Bre e ding Egg-laying, with clutches of 15–26 eggs.
Note s The largest African cobra. The only species with the lower part of the body and tail darker than the front half. DANGEROUSLY VENOMOUS