Update: This snake was actually discovered by Roygan Taylor working for Bio-Ken in Kenya. He has his own fantastic blog, which in addition to providing a lot of fascinating information about the enormous snake in question, covers all sorts of other interesting snake related issues in Africa. Check it out here http://www.wildlifedirect.org/blogAdmin/savingsnakes

Researchers have identified a new species of spitting cobra in Kenya, one that is over nine feet long and has enough venom to “kill twenty people” according to an “expert” on the subject in this article on nationalgeographic.com.

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I’m your huckleberry.

The new cobra has been dubbed the Ashe cobra, after the late tennis champion Arthur Ashe who once…

…spit a mouthful of Gatorade into the eyes of a line judge for calling a baseline shot out. Just kidding, it’s named James Ashe, a herpetologist who started a research center/snake farm in Watamu, Kenya.

Experts used to link this brown cobra with its black spitting cobra cousins, but thanks to lab analysis of blood and tissue, they now have classified it as its own species. According to the National Geographic article, spitting cobras eat “eggs, carrion, snakes, lizards, birds, human babies, water buffalo, giraffes, and leopards.”

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Say it, don’t spray–ok that was too stupid a caption to keep writing. Sorry.

WildlifeDirect Chairman Richard Leakey, whose organization announced the finding, said, “”A new species of giant spitting cobra is exciting and reinforces the obvious…There have to be many other unreported species–but hundreds are being lost as their habitats disappear under the continued mismanagement of our planet.” He later added, “Oh, my god. Oh, my god. My eyes. My eyes. Oh god it burns. It feels like someone is putting needles into my eyes. Please, kill me. Oh dear lord, please kill me now.”


  1. #1 Ed
    December 11, 2007

    I like this study from a couple of years back where some scientists showed that the spitting cobra really does aim for the eyes, by provoking the snakes while standing behind a plastic visor. I also like that it was a grad student project – “Keen, you say? Well how about you show me how keen you are by getting this massive lethal serpent to shoot poison at your eyes? That’s a good lad.”

  2. #2 paula
    December 12, 2007

    This is just brilliant – I saw Richard Leakey 2 days ago, he’s still alive, but yes, his eyes are still burning. You got the quote wrong tho… he’s an athiest. Hey, this discovery was first reported on http://www.wildlifedirect.org by Royjan Taylor who is a mad snake man – you have to check out his blog and amazing photos of this and more freaky snakes

  3. #3 twm
    June 8, 2008


  4. #4 Umutxtr
    August 2, 2008

    good snake..

  5. #5 Angelina Bellerds
    October 3, 2008

    Ewwwwwwwwww what an ugly freakin snake!!

    I hate those sooo much

    lol yeah i love you mark

  6. #6 Laura Taylor
    October 13, 2008

    Cute Snake

  7. #7 Laura Taylor
    October 13, 2008

    Cute Snakes

  8. #8 ym
    October 13, 2008

    I wonder why people are afraid of snakes.

  9. #9 Theeanrda little
    October 31, 2008


  10. #10 Richard Dye
    January 14, 2009

    this snake is freakin awsome i want to get one

  11. #11 FRANK OGETO
    January 31, 2010


  12. #12 Kaya Young
    May 23, 2010

    This Cobra is Awesome! I want one. Whatta beautiful snake. How strong is the venom? I would like to know more about this Beautiful Creature. I just love this snake. Any inforemation would be appreceated. Thank you for this. There is also a new viper they found in Mosambeak Africa. I think I spelled that wrong? Well Thanks Again. Kaya Young from Millsboro Deleware U.S.A. See Ya.

  13. #13 karine e karen
    June 22, 2010

    essa cobra é muito perigosa.

  14. #14 dizi izle
    July 9, 2010

    Bunları yaparken hiç bir sorunla karşılaşmadım hiç bir uyarı almadım yanlız hala sitede reklamlar gözükmüyor.Acaba biraz beklemek mi lazım?

  15. #15 Mystique
    August 8, 2010

    Beautiful creature 🙂

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