It is quick moving and alert. They are mainly found in the tropical and subtropical rainforest regions of west and central Africa. This snake can be highly dangerous due to the quantity of venom it can inject in a single bite and its aggressive nature when defending. A snake of forest or woodland, it is the only one of Africa's cobras that will live in high forest. It is terrestrial, but it is fast, graceful climber, known to ascend trees to a height of 10 meters (33 feet) or more. Signs and symptoms of envenomation include ptosis, drowsiness, limb paralysis, hearing loss, inability to speak, dizziness, ataxia, shock, hypotension, abdominal pain, fever, pallor, and other neurological and respiratory symptoms. The population of forest cobras in Uganda are almost always found close to water. Due to its secretive habits, and fondness for living in holes, it often persists in quite well-inhabited areas, common in and around many central African towns, even long after most vegetation has gone. Although it is active mostly during the day (diurnal) in uninhabited areas, it can also be active by night (nocturnal) where it goes into urban areas. A female is liable to attack without provocation, with potentially fatal consequences for passers-by if her nest is near a footpath. Before mating, a pair of will "dance", raising their heads a foot or more off the ground and moving to and fro. It is found from Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, southeastern Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, and Gabon in western Africa to the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, and northern Angola in central Africa to western Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi in eastern Africa, and to fragmented parts of southern Africa, including the Natal. The Forest Cobra is found throughout much of Africa south of the Sahara, from Mali to Sudan and south to Angola and South Africa. We are the leading training provider of Snake Awareness, First Aid for Snakebite, and Venomous Snake Handling courses in Africa, as well as the largest distributor of quality snake handling equipment on the continent. Female forest cobras may stand guard and are irritable and aggressive during the breeding period. These snakes are known to have a long lifespan. ), This is one of Africa’s largest cobras and may exceed 2.7 m in length. The forest cobra has long cervical ribs capable of expansion to form a long, wedge shaped hood when threatened. Habitat of the Cobra. When not active, it takes cover in holes, brush piles, hollow logs, among root clusters or in rock crevices, or in abandoned termite mounds at forest fringe or clearings. When not active, it takes cover in holes, brush piles, hollow logs, among root clusters or in rock crevices, or in abandoned termite mounds at forest fringe or clearings. It is a very capable swimmer and is often considered to be semi-aquatic. The highly venomous forest cobra, the largest of Africa’s true cobras, is not one, but five separate species, according to a new study. They are also found on fruit plantations where they live in the trees. The forest cobra (Naja melanoleuca), also called the black cobra and black and white-lipped cobra, is an elapid native to Africa, mostly the central and western parts of the continent. Snake Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. The forest cobra is one of the least frequent causes of snake bite among the African cobras, largely due its forest-dwelling habits. The forest cobra does not spit or spray its venom. Forest Cobras forage equally well on land, water or in trees. There are now five species in this group throughout Africa. Forest Cobras will feed on a wide variety of prey, including amphibians, fish, other snakes, monitor lizards and other lizards, bird eggs, rodents, and other small mammals. The forest cobra occurs mainly in western and central Africa. Forest Cobra venom is potently neurotoxic and cytotoxic. Forest Cobras originating in the southern African regions are typically found in savanna and grassland, but they can also be found in broken rock country. This may continue for an hour before mating takes place, when the male presses his cloaca (the chamber into which the reproductive, urinary, and intestinal canals empty) against that of the female.

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