The Deadly Cape Cobra…1 Bite Can Kill Up To 6 People
If you plan a visit to South Africa in the near future, there’s one snake you don’t ever want to me….the Cape Cobra. The Cape Cobra kills more people in South Africa than any other snake. It produces a powerful neurotoxin that affects the respiratory system.
Without proper antivenom treatment the mortality rate in humans is 60% and death normally occurs 2-5 hours after being bitten and is usually as a result of respiratory failure due to the onset of paralysis.
The snake is quick to strike and becomes aggressive if cornered, but given its space it is likely to retreat. Its main predators are various species of raptors inhabiting the area and the honey badger.