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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Pseudohaje
Günther, 1858

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Pseudohaje is a genus of venomous African elapid snakes, commonly called tree cobras or forest cobras because of their arboreal lifestyle.[1][2] Their ability to produce a hood is limited to a slight flattening of the neck.


Tree cobras have proportionally larger eyes compared to Naja species, smaller fangs, and smaller bone structures.[2] Members were formerly categorized as Naja, but anatomical analysis of midbody scale rows distinguished them as a separate taxon.[2]


Two species are recognized as valid.[3]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c Bogert, Charles M. (1942). "Pseudohaje Günther, a valid genus for two West African arboreal Cobras" (PDF). American Museum Novitates (1174): 1–9. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  3. ^ "Pseudohaje ". The Reptile Database.

Further reading[edit]

  • Günther A. 1858. Catalogue of the Colubrine Snakes in the Collection of the British Museum. London: Trustees of the British Museum. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xvi + 281 pp. (Pseudohaje, new genus, p. 222).

External links[edit]

Data related to Pseudohaje at Wikispecies