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Egyptian cobra

By MSA 2005 Map showing semi-deserts, dry grasslands habitats in parts of Africa


Class Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Elapidae
Genus and species: Naja haje
Farmers in rural Africa often see cobras as a mixed blessing. Living with cobras means risking a deadly bite. But people take the risk since cobras eat rodents that can destroy crops and food supplies.

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