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The Zoo has one male and two female black forest cobras. The male was born on February 27, 1995 and the females were born on February 24, 1997. All three arrived at the Zoo on June 9, 1998 from Montecasino Bird Gardens in Johannesburg, Africa.
The forest cobra is usually resting on the highest branches in the exhibit.
Reptile and Amphibian House
The coloration of this species can vary greatly. Dorsal coloration is usually a yellowish brown or completely black. The ventral coloration is usually a white or creamish color.
18 years in captivity.
This snake is a highly adaptable and intelligent. It has adapted to surivive in forested areas as well as savannahs from sea level to elevations over 9000 feet.
A female forest cobra will lay 15-26 eggs.
Black forest cobra’s are carnivorous. In the wild, they eat a variety of prey including small mammals birds, amphibians and other reptiles. Forest cobras use a neotoxin to incompacitate and kill their prey. At the Zoo, the snakes are offered rats appropriate to the size of the snake. During the late spring to late fall the snake will eat biweekly – in the winter the snakes become very inactive and feed less frequently.
Central Africa south to Angola and the eastern parts of South Africa
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