GENUS: NAJA

Species Midbody
scale
rows
Ventrals Paired
/Single
Sub-
Caudals
Total
Sub-
Caudals
Anal
Shield
Divided/
Entire
No of
Upper
Labials
No of
Upper
Labials
entering
the eye
No of
Pre-
Oculars
No of
Post-
Oculars
Lower
labials
Temporals
Naja anchietae 17
(15/19)
179-200 P 51-56 E 7
(8)
0 1 2 8/9
(10)
1+2;1+3
variable
Naja annulifera  19
(17/21)
175-203 P 51-65 E 7
(8)
0 1
(2)
2
(1/3)
8/9
(10)
1+2;1+3
variable
Naja melanoleuca 19
(17/21)
201-214 P 63-72 E 7
(8)
3+4 1
(2)
3
(2)
8 1+2;1+3
variable
Naja mossambica 23-25
(21/27)
177-205 P 52-71 E 6
(7)
3
(3+4)
2
(1)
3
(2)
9
(8;10/11)

variable
Naja nigricincta 21
(23)
192-226 P 57-73 E 6
(7)
3
(3+4/4)
2
(1)
3 9 2+4;2+5
variable
Naja nigricollis  17-21 182-196 P 54-66 E 6
(7)
3
(4)
2 3 9
(8/10)
2+4;2+5
Naja woodi 21 221-228 P 65-74 E 6
(7)
3
(4)
2 3 9
(8/10)
2+4;2+5
Naja nivea 21
(19)
195-227 P 50-68 E 7 3+4 1 3
(4)
9
(8/10)
1+3
variable

NOTE: ( ) = Rarely + = And / = Or * = Scales around the eye

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Copyright: Séan Thomas & Eugene Griessel - Dec 1999.