|"Cape" Coral Cobra (Aspidelaps lubricus lubricus)|
|Cape Coral Cobras are extremely variable in the wild
in terms of appearance and (it is believed) venom toxicity.
Although it can not be proven, ours were sold to us as being "probably
from Springbok in Namaqualand in the South Western Cape Province."
This locality (as is ours) is known for the brightest colors with the
least amount of "darkening" of the vibrant red colors displayed by our
When we purchased ours as captive-bred imports, we made sure it was from (1) one of the more visually attractive populations and (2) one of the populations to have the mildest venom toxicity (according to other importers and breeders of this species). Of course, the estimate of venom toxicity may be completely conjecture, so I don't put much faith into those statements. Although still technically venomous, they are relatively innocuous as far as venomous snakes go. In fact, I am not aware of a single confirmed death caused by a bite from this type of snake, and bites are reported to be only moderately painful with little to no permanent damage. However, coral cobras should always be treated appropriately: venomous snakes that can be deadly. We treat them the same way we would treat truly venomous snakes (such as king cobras or timber rattlesnakes), and that is the only way a responsible keeper should maintain them.