Shield-nosed snake Family: Elapidae Aspidelaps scutatus is a short cobra reaching 75cm and is brown to reddish brown on the back. The throat is white with black bands across it. The head is brown to black with white blotches. Nocturnal.
Food: reptiles, frogs and rodents.
Habitat: savanna and arid areas of Namibia and Botswana.
Reproduction: Oviparous. Lays up to 14 eggs
Venom: bites from these snakes are rare but there are reportedly neurological symptoms associated with the bite and according to literature no deaths have been reported. However many rural people in Botswana claim that this snake has inflicted fatal bites. It is quite possible that many fatal bites are not reported.