Mozambique Spitting Cobra


Common name : Mozambique spitting cobra, Pimpi

Scientific name : Naja mossambica

Family : Elapidae

Native to : Africa

Interesting fact : The spitting cobra sometimes plays dead when in danger and then bites when picked up.

Conservation status : Not Assessed

True to its name, the Mozambique spitting cobra can spit venom up to 2 metres away and targets the eyes causing blindness. They inhabit rocky savanna or lowland forests and live in hollow logs or termites’ mounds near water bodies. Their diet consists of toads, rodents, lizards, birds, insects and other snakes. Its lifespan is 20 years.

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