Added 30 December 2009.

A Look at the Family Elapidae


Burrowing Cobra


This is a poorly known cobra species, with little or nothing known of either its venom or snakebite casualties. Recently it has been suggested on the basis of molecular DNA studies that the species be assigned instead to Naja.

Scientific Name Common Name Distribution Size Notes
P. multifasciata Burrowing Cobra W/C Dem Rep Congo, Congo-Brazaville, Cameroon, Gabon


Max SVL about .5-.8m Suspected to be fossorial and/or terrestrial. Scalation details: no details available. Other: head short and fairly rounded; rarely hoods. Coloration: overall green to brown; every scale tipped with black, giving speckled appearance; black cap on head with pale crossbar on nape; 2 black stripes over cream lips. Reproduction: no details available. [SOURCE: O'Shea].
P. m. multifasciata  
P. m. anomala Cameroon
P. m. duttoni  


Venomous Snakes of the World, Mark O'Shea, New Holland, 2008 edition. Useful overall guide to venomous snakes, few anatomical details but venom is briefly described for each species.