Widespread giant African cobra revealed to be five distinct species


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Cobras are among the most widely known venomous snakes, and yet a new research paper has revealed that what was thought to be a single widespread cobra species, the forest cobra, is, in fact, made up of five separate species. Two of these species, the Black Forest Cobra and the West African Banded Cobra, are new to science and are first named in this paper.


Herpetologist Dr. Wolfgang Wüster of Bangor University’s School of Natural Sciences, who led the multinational team commented:

“Forest cobras are among the largest venomous snakes, reaching nearly three metres in length. They…

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