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Naja multifasciata

Paranaja multifasciata or Naja multifasciata is a species of venomous elapid snake commonly known as the many-banded snake or burrowing cobra. The species is found in the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon in Africa.

Despite the common name, the species is not actually banded, but overall iridescent black, with cream colored blotching on each scale. The snakes grow to approximately 600 millimetres (24 in) in length.

Not much is known about their venom, but it is likely a neurotoxin, like many other elapid snakes. The genus Paranaja was synonymised with Naja in a recent molecular phylogenetic study, as this species is closely related to the forest cobra (Naja melanoleuca) [1]

This page was last edited on 23 June 2018, at 13:28 (UTC).
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