The Most Dangerous Venomous Snakes: Africa

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Cape Cobra

Scientific name: Naja nivea
Family: Elapidae
Subfamily: Elapinae
Genus: Cobras
Length: Up to 5.2 ft (1.6 m)
Venom: Neurotoxic

The cape cobra has the most effective venom of all African cobras and is a nervous snake that easily becomes aggressive and attacks quickly. Without treatment, a bite is very likely to be fatal due to an inability to breathe properly. Like the black mamba, it can often be found near human settlements.

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