Arabian cobra

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Arabian cobra
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Naja
N. arabica
Binomial name
Naja arabica
(Scortecci, 1932)
Geographic range of Naja arabica.svg
Range of Arabian cobra

Naja haje Merrem, 1820

The Arabian cobra (Naja arabica) is a species of cobra in the genus Naja found in the Arabian Peninsula. The Arabian cobra ranges from western and southern Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Oman.[1] The specific arabica is Latin for Arabic. This species had long been considered a subspecies of the Egyptian cobra (Naja haje), but morphological and genetic differences have led to its recognition as a separate species.[2] It is an elusive species and rarely seen in the wild.


  1. ^ a b Els, J. & Al Johany, A.M.H. 2012. Naja arabica. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. <>. Downloaded on 10 January 2013.
  2. ^ Trape, J.F.; Chirio, L.; Broadley, D.G. & Wüster, W. (2009). "Phylogeography and systematic revision of the Egyptian cobra (Serpentes: Elapidae: Naja haje) species complex, with the description of a new species from West Africa" (PDF). Zootaxa. 2236: 1–25. Retrieved 9 February 2012.