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Aspidelaps lubricus (cowlesi)

Synonyms: Elaps lubricus; Naia somersetta; Natrix lubrica (pro parte)

Wikipedia Abstract

The cape coral snake (Aspidelaps lubricus) is a species of venomous elapid snake found in parts of southern Africa. This snake is found in regions of the Karoo, Cape Province, and all the way up into Namibia. It mostly inhabits very arid regions, like deserts and rocky/sandy ecosystems. These areas within South Africa within the Karoo are known for low predictable rainfall and little vegetation, mostly shrubs and scrubs.
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Aspidelaps lubricus cowlesi (Angolan Coral Snake)
Aspidelaps lubricus lubricus (Cape coral snake)


Clutch Size [1]  5
Incubation [1]  62 days
Maximum Longevity [2]  9 years
Venomous [3]  Yes


Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Etosha National Park II 5699141 Namibia  
Namib-Naukluft National Park II 12585619 Namibia  

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Cape Floristic Region South Africa No
Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland No
Succulent Karoo Namibia, South Africa No

External References


Attributes / relations provided by
1Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
2de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
3Living Hazards Database, Armed Forces Pest Management Board, U.S. Army Garrison - Forest Glen
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 Wildfinder Database
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2020-03-21; License: CC BY 4.0