Aspidelaps scutatus, shield-nosed cobra
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Aspidelaps
Fitzinger, 1843
blue - A. lubricus
green - A. scutatus

Aspidelaps is a genus of venomous elapid snakes endemic to Africa. Species in the genus Aspidelaps are commonly called shield-nosed cobras or coral cobras after their cobra hoods and enlarged rostral (nose) scales. However, the hood is not nearly as well developed in Aspidelaps as it is in Naja.


Species Authority Subsp.* Common name Geographic range
A. lubricus (Laurenti, 1768) 2 Cape coral snake South Africa (Cape Province), southern Angola, Namibia
A. scutatus (A. Smith, 1849) 3 shield-nosed cobra Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, north-east South Africa, Mozambique

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Aspidelaps.

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