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Zebra snake

Naja nigricincta


This Spitting Cobra (also known as the Western Barred Spitting Cobra/ Zebra Cobra / Sebraslang) also inflicts bites, especially at night. It does not cause any major/if any neurotoxic signs/symptoms as one would expect from a true cobra, but mainly severe local tissue destruction due to a potent cytotoxic venom which spreads rapidly.


Through-out the central and northern parts of Namibia and further north into the southern parts of Angola.


Zebra Snake Bite Photo 'A': This is a neglected case that received NO treatment for more than two weeks following the bite. The single bite was on the left hand dorsum and the venom spread deep to the skin, but superficial to the muscle layer, resulting in necrosis of the skin over the left shoulder aspect as well as the right upper chest and shoulder area. On proper treatment and skin grafting, the child fully recovered.

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Hema Shah 12 years ago

I have read of lions being spit in the eye and loosing their eyes. One of George Adamson's lion "Ugas" had lost an eye due to a spitting cobra.

Carolina 12 years ago

I really appreciate the information!

alicelongmartin 13 years ago

Awesome snake and awesome information. Thanks!

TakaJNozaki 13 years ago

Wow! nice photo!

TomCohen 13 years ago

awesome....cant wait to see more

animaisfotos 13 years ago

I would be pleased to see more. Count me in. Thanks for sharing.

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Windhoek, Namibia

Spotted on Feb 20, 2011
Submitted on Feb 20, 2011

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