Black Spitting Cobra (Naja nigricincta woodi)

Black Spitting Cobra (Naja nigricincta woodi)


Black Spitting Cobra (Naja nigricincta woodi)

I'll start off my photography blog with one of my personal favourites from my photo collection.

This is a Black Spitting Cobra (Naja nigricincta woodi), a dangerously venomous elapid from the West Coast of South Africa.

It inhabits much of Namaqualand and occurs east from Cape Town northwards into Southern Namibia, and extending east to Tswalo and Witsand. It is a diurnal (day-active) snake and favours dry riverbeds where it feeds on snakes, lizards, and frogs. Black Spitters are shy and elusive animals that are quick to escape if encountered - bites are extremely rare.

Its venom, like that of all spitting cobras, is potently cytotoxic, and bites cause severe pain, swelling and tissue damage. It also has the ability to "spit" its venom and does so effectively.

Finding this species in the wild isn't easy, and photographing them even less so - everything, including yourself, tends to get covered in venom.

I have an NFT of this photo available here, and the owner of the NFT has access to a high-resolution version of this photo for personal use / prints.

You can see more of my Snake Photography here.

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