Juvenile forest cobra (N. melanoleuca) found near a stream flowing through the middle of the hospital grounds. Coloration consistent with the yellow and black banded form native to the west African savannah. I had heard reports of a very large black cobra that was seen several times at night outside the door to a guest house; by description of the snake and its behavior it could be nothing else but they proved very difficult to locate. I had been searching for this species regularly for over 4 months while treating snakebites at the hospital before it turned up 10m from my doorstep one day several week before I left, exploring the perimeter of the HIV/AIDS center building after hours.
In yard at my house. Released after imaging. Not collected. GTS 1564.
Awful photos I know...
juvenile about 20-30cms long
Crossing Upper Cibolo Creek Road: 0.1 miles S of Sparkling Springs Road. Best pics I could get.
Elapidae (Greek ἔλλοψ éllops, "sea-fish") is a family of venomous snakes found in tropical and subtropical regions around the world, terrestrially in Asia, Australia, Africa, North America, and South America, and aquatically in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.