By Josie  June 13th, 2023

How to Deal with a

Forest Cobra Bite

This hazardous species has a reputation for being one of the most aggressive snakes in the world

Physical Traits

Forest Cobras have glossy black scales that glisten in the sun and flared hoods that they can raise when threatened.

These snakes can grow up to 10 feet in length, making them one of the largest venomous snakes in Africa.

Despite their size, they are highly agile and can move swiftly through the dense tree canopy where they make their homes.


The Forest cobra thrives in the wet rainforests and woodlands of central and western Africa - here they live near water, where they can easily hunt for their food.

While these snakes are primarily terrestrial, they can swim when necessary and are known to hunt aquatic prey as well.

How To Avoid Forest Cobra Encounters

Always be aware of your surroundings - keep an eye out for areas of dense vegetation or rocky crevices where these snakes may be hiding.

Safety Precautions

Wear protective clothing such as thick boots, long pants, and gloves.

Always carry a snakebite kit, including a suction device, antiseptic, and bandages.

Immediate Actions After a Forest Cobra Bite

- Stay calm - Keep the affected limb immobilized - Remove any tight clothing or jewelry - Wash bite with soap and water

Even if you feel fine it is vital to be evaluated by a healthcare professional as symptoms can develop gradually.

Symptoms of a Forest Cobra Bite

– Pain and swelling – Nausea and vomiting – Difficulty breathing – Difficulty swallowing – Paralysis – Blurred vision – Convulsions – Cardiac arrest

- Nerve damage - Pain, weakness - Paralysis - Psychological trauma

Long-Term Effects of a Forest Cobra Bite

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