Scientifically referred to as Naja Arabica, the Egyptian Cobra is one of the largest cobra species that is native to various parts of Africa including Uganda where it is encountered on Uganda tours.
Egyptian Cobra is marked by large depressed head which is slightly
separated from the neck while the neck features long cervical ribs that
provides for expansion. The snout is broad and rounded while the eyes
are big marked with round pupils as often explored on Safari in Uganda.
The Egyptian Cobra features stout and cylindrical body along with a
long tail and the average length is 1 – 2m with 3m being the maximum.
distribution, the Egyptian Cobra is spread in the areas of North
Africa, West Africa Savannah, the south of Congo basin and the savannah
and semi arid landscapes of East Africa including countries of Uganda,
Kenya and Tanzania where world travellers on Combined East Africa Safari tours have chances of exploring it.
habitats are diverse but include dry to moist savannahs, steppes and
semi-desert landscapes. The Egyptian Cobras are terrestrial and
nocturnal but they can at times be encountered basking in the sun
especially in the mid-morning. They consume mainly toads but can as well
take in birds, small mammals, lizards and eggs.
can release 175 – 300mg of venom on a single bite which affects the
nervous system halting the transmission of nerve signals to muscles and
later the lungs and heart resulting into loss of life.
conservation, the Egyptian Cobras are listed as species of Least Concern
on the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature
(IUCN). Travellers on Uganda Safaris have always
encountered these species during game drives in a range of protected
areas. Actually, one group of our clients led by Kameroon Shadrick
encountered two fighting Cobras in Queen Elizabeth National Park in