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DO contact a snake rescuer as soon as you see a snake.
DO keep pets & other people away.
DO contact emergency services if someone has been bitten.
DON'T lose sight of the snake, but...
DON'T get closer than 5 meters.
DON'T try to capture or injure the snake, this is how many people get bitten.
A detailed and comprehensive guide to the 151 snakes indigenous to southern Africa, covering all essential aspects of snake biology and behavior. This readable and user-friendly guide will be invaluable to herpetologists, snake collectors, hikers, gardeners, campers and householders, or anyone who may encounter or want to know more about these fascinating and widely misunderstood reptiles.
An essential guide to identifying all dangerous and common harmless snakes in southern Africa, as well as quick and important practical advice on first aid measures in the case of snakebite. Simple icons, distribution maps, succinct text and numerous full-colour photographs assist with easy identification of snakes commonly encountered in the region. Symptoms and treatment of snakebites are described, providing the reader with vital first-aid information.
Colloquial Names: Geelslang, Kaapse Kobra, Koperkapel, Bruinkapel
Danger: Very Dangerous
Venom: A potent neurotoxic venom that affects breathing and may cause respiratory failure and death.
Reproduction: Oviparous, laying 8–20 eggs in mid-summer.
A common venomous snake that can range in color from yellow through reddish brown to black. When threatened or cornered, it's quick to spread a hood and won't hesitate to bite. Substantial quantities of antivenom may be required in serious cases.