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Shield Nose Snake - Curl of Danger This is a rare and uncommon species of Shield Nose Snake (Aspidelaps scutatus).  The shape of its head allows it to dig through loose sand where it looks for and preys on other snakes, rodents and lizards.  Poisonous and Dangerous to man.   Africa,Aspidelaps scutatus,Namibia,Shield Snake,Shieldnose Cobra,beautiful,black,colorful,curl,dangerous,fantastic,icon,nose,rare,red,reptile,shape,snake,splendor,toxic Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Shield Nose Snake - Curl of Danger

This is a rare and uncommon species of Shield Nose Snake (Aspidelaps scutatus). The shape of its head allows it to dig through loose sand where it looks for and preys on other snakes, rodents and lizards. Poisonous and Dangerous to man.

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  1. A fantastic species intro! The snake is so rare that not even Wikipedia has an article for it. I created a species record manually for it. Posted 6 years ago
    1. Thank you very much. You know my snake book describes it as just a Shield nose snake, but you are absolutely correct. It is a cobra. The bands around the neck is a sure indicator. And it even did make a hood when I photographed this guy ... a very aggressive snake. Thank you for promoting and identifying it. Appreciated indeed. Posted 6 years ago
  2. Good one. Please Geo tag the snap, would like to know where this snap was taken. Keep posting. :) Posted 6 years ago
    1. Thanks a lot. I have tried to Geo tag it, but currently can not do it due to a technical reason. I will keep on trying. Thanks for the interest. Really appreciate it. Posted 6 years ago
    2. Just managed to Geo tag it ... sorry, still learning the ropes of the site (brand new). Thanks for your patience. Posted 6 years ago
  3. Very nice capture. It's my first time seeing this species and it looks very handsome... Posted 6 years ago
    1. Thanks a lot. I must be honest ... it was also my first time to see one (having lived in the bush for nearly 20 years). Posted 6 years ago

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Aspidelaps is a genus of venomous elapid snakes found in Africa. They are commonly called shield-nosed cobras or coral cobras after their cobra-hoods and enlarged rostral (nose) scales. However, the hood is not nearly as well developed in Aspidelaps as it is in Naja.

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded Jan 2, 2015. Captured Dec 8, 2014 10:30 in D3306, Namibia.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • f/8.0
  • 1/197s
  • ISO100
  • 289mm