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The Egyptian Cobra

The Egyptian Cobra
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Copyright: Iulian Gherghel (IulianGherghel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 2 N: 372] (1413)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-15
Categories: Reptiles
Exposure: f/9.4
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-27 9:50
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Points: 14
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Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Naja
Species: N. haje

The Egyptian cobra may grow to between 5 and 8 feet (1.5 and 2.4 m) in length and specimens as long as 8 feet (2.4 m) have been seen in some areas. The most recognizable characteristics of an Egyptian cobra are its head and hood. The head is large and depressed with a broad snout. The cobra's eyes are large with a round pupil. Its neck may range from 15 to 18 centimetres (5.9 to 7.1 in) wide. The colour is variable, but most specimens are some shade of brown, often with lighter or darker mottling, and often a "tear-drop" mark below the eye. Specimens from northwestern Africa (Morocco, Western Sahara) are almost entirely black.

The Egyptian cobra typically makes its home in dry to moist savanna and semi-desert regions with at least some water and vegetation (never in desert regions). The cobra may also be found in oases, agricultural grounds, hills with sparse vegetation, and grasslands. These cobras are not afraid of humans and often enter houses. They are attracted to the human villages by chickens and rats that are attracted by garbage. There are also reports of Egyptian cobras swimming in the Mediterranean sea.

The venom of the Egyptian cobra is mainly neurotoxin, the average venom quantity typically reaches 175 to 200 mg in a single bite. It is one of the most venomous Naja species. Its venom affects the nervous system, stopping the nerve signals from being transmitted to the muscles and at later stages stopping those transmitted to the heart and lungs as well, causing death due to complete respiratory failure. Envenomation causes local pain, severe swelling, bruising, blistering, necrosis and variable non-specific effects which may include headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, dizziness, collapse or convulsions along with possible moderate to severe flaccid paralysis. Unlike some other Africa's cobras(for example the Red spitting cobra), this species does not spit venom.

The Egyptian Cobra ranges across most of North Africa north of the Sahara, across the savannas of West Africa to the south of the Sahara, south to the Congo basin and east to Kenya and Tanzania, and in southern parts of the Arabian Peninsula.

information from Wikipedia

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-09-27 12:14]
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Super tare! Felicitari!

Hi Iulian,
great shot of this big and beautiful snake. Did you take it in the wild or was it in a zoo?

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-09-27 22:37]

Beautiful snake, famous Egyptian cobra, well captured. tfs.

Even if you turned your points off, i will leave the same a comment.First to criticize my ignorance about the existence of such snakes in Tunisia, second 'cause the photo is still quite interesting.

Hello Iulian,
What a beautiful snake and a big one as well. Stunning shot with beautiful colors. I would like to know if you took this photo in a zoo or in the open bush? Very well done and thanks for sharing.

ciao Iulian

very good shot and very useful note

ciao, Giacomo

harika ötesi bir tür.
hayran oldum.

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