There are two types found in Cape Town- the Black Spitting Cobra and the King Cobra. The Black Spitting Cobras are most active at night when they hunt for amphibians and rodents. A well-lit garden deters these snakes from entering. Great care should be taken when confronted by a Black Spitting Cobra for a well-aimed “spit” in the eyes can be very painful.
The King Cobra is deadly because of its size and large quantity of venom that it secretes. Do not disturb a pile of vegetable debris in the field as it could be the nest of the King Cobra -a brooding female is very aggressive when guarding her eggs.
All cobras should be left alone when encountered.