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Zebra Spitting Cobra

Naja nigricincta


Naja nigricincta is a species of spitting cobra in the genus Naja. Naja is a genus of venomous elapid snakes. Although several other genera share the common name, Naja species are the most recognized and most widespread group of snakes commonly known as cobras.


Native to parts of southern Africa.


I was approximately 3 meters away, and wearing protective eye wear.

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33 Comments (1–25)

koixtreme 2 years ago

According to "A complete guide to the snakes of southern Afrika-by Johan Marais" this should be a naja nigricollis nigricincta...!!!
One of three subspecies in Namibia. Well spotted

koixtreme 2 years ago

Sorry. .. Nicricincta nicricincta?

koixtreme 2 years ago

Thanks for this stunning photo!
We here in Namibia are very privaledged with the rich snake diversaty!

Regards from Windhoek

P.S. is it a nicrivinct

GeoffreyPalmer 2 years ago

Thank you DhruvBhojwani for your comments. Nice to be a part of a community where such positive words are used to describe a generally feared creature. Love it!

DhruvBhojwani 2 years ago

im impressed

DhruvBhojwani 2 years ago

so cute

DhruvBhojwani 2 years ago


GeoffreyPalmer 3 years ago

Thank you everybody! And thank you to Project Noah for making this encounter SOTD!

alicelongmartin 3 years ago


matimar1 3 years ago

Excellent it it the SOTD!

NuwanChathuranga 3 years ago


Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 3 years ago

Wow... Wonderful...

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 3 years ago

Congratulations Geoffrey

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 3 years ago

Nice pictures, Congratulations!

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 3 years ago

Well done. Congratulations

Azura Firdaus W
Azura Firdaus W 3 years ago


Azura Firdaus W
Azura Firdaus W 3 years ago

wow amazing spotting

EppieBillena 3 years ago

That's a beautiful snake and I give you credit for sharing never had seen a picture of unusual cobra. Does it lives more in trees or holes or crevesies?

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 3 years ago

Congratulations Geoffrey Palmer,

Wild Things
Wild Things 3 years ago

Lovely spotting! Congratulations!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 3 years ago

Lovely hood! Congrats.

Argy Bee
Argy Bee 3 years ago

Oooh... warning posture! Congrats on SOTD.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 3 years ago

Congratulations Geofrey, well deserved SOTD.

Maria dB
Maria dB 3 years ago

Congratulations on your SOTD!

Yasser 3 years ago

Congratulations! This awesome encounter has been selected as Spotting of the Day! Thanks for all the fantastic contributions.

"The sprayed venom of the Zebra Spitting Cobra can cause permanent blindness if introduced to the eye and left untreated."


Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia

Lat: -20.40, Long: 16.96

Spotted on Feb 23, 2009
Submitted on Jul 29, 2012

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