By Josie June 13th, 2023
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.
Always be aware of your surroundings - keep an eye out for areas of dense vegetation or rocky crevices where these snakes may be hiding.
Wear protective clothing such as thick boots, long pants, and gloves.
Always carry a snakebite kit, including a suction device, antiseptic, and bandages.
- 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.
– Pain and swelling – Nausea and vomiting – Difficulty breathing – Difficulty swallowing – Paralysis – Blurred vision – Convulsions – Cardiac arrest
- Nerve damage - Pain, weakness - Paralysis - Psychological trauma