Mozambique Spitting Cobra: venomous – image, size, distribution, habitat, food, breeding, important notes(venomous or not)

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MOZAMBIQUE SPITTING

COBRA Naja mossambica

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A. Bannister

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

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