Moderately slender, with smooth scales and a blunt snout. It is light grey to olive-brown and each scale is edged in black. It is yellow or pinkish below and there are several dark blotches or crossbars on the throat. When alarmed, it spreads a broad hood and may spit venom.
Size To about 1.2 m, occasionally longer.
Distribution E and S Africa.
Habitat Grasslands and forest clearings.
Food Toads, lizards and small mammals. Also grasshoppers. Egg-laying, with clutches of 10–22 eggs.
Bre e ding Other African spitters include the Rinkhals (See here)
Note s and the Black-Necked Cobra, N.
nigricollis, which is uniform black or has a black throat. DANGEROUSLY VENOMOUS