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

Aspidelaps is a genus of venomous elapid snakes found in Africa.[1] They 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

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