Poisonous snakes most commonly found in Zululand Puff adder (Bitis arietans) Night adder (Causinae rhombeatus) Gaboon viper (Bitis gabonica) Mozambique spitting cobra (Naja mossambica) Rinkhals (Hemachatus haemachatus) Zebra, western barred, or black spitting cobra (Naja nigricincta) Forest or white-lipped cobra (Naja melanoleuca) Snouted or banded Egyptian cobra
(Naja annulifera) Black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) Green mamba (Dendroaspis angusticeps) Vine or twig snake (Thelotornis species) Boomslang (Dispholidus typus) Table 3.
A neurotoxic fraction of Egyptian cobra
, Naja haje has been shown to modulate insulin and glucose turnover and cause sustained hyperglycemia (El-Fiky, 1999).
The results suggest that Egyptian cobra
venom stimulates oxidative stress to induce apoptosis in renal tissue through inhibition of mitochondrial respiration in male rats.
The right poison can achieve a quicker and more pleasant death than the Naja Haje, the Egyptian cobra
, which is believed to be the snake Cleopatra used in her death, she said.
Contrary to legend, Cleopatra probably did not die from the bite of an asp, an Egyptian cobra
A meeting with one of the most venomous snakes in the Sahara, the Egyptian cobra
, is also revealed as no chance encounter.
But as he posed with an Egyptian cobra
96 days in, he was bitten.
Appropriately christened the ASP, the name ostensibly stems from the acronym for Advanced Sighting Plane, but there's no doubt that the enigmatic craftsman enjoyed the connection to the archaic term Asp, for the Egyptian cobra
, so often associated with the suicide of Cleopatra.
Kapuscinski's vivid descriptions--of his life-or-death battle with an Egyptian cobra
, of his encounter with a desperate mass of beggars trapped in the courtyard of an ancient church, of a terrifying video recording the torture and death of Liberia's president, Samuel Doe--make the book difficult to put down, but occasionally his flair for the dramatic leads the author into generalizations that make him sound more like a pedantic tourist than a veteran foreign correspondent.
Cleopatra eventually decided on the bite of an Egyptian cobra
, also known as an asp.
Nowadays, the term asp is applied to both the Egyptian cobra
(Naja haje) and the Saharan horned viper (Cerastes cerastes).
Part one alone produced the murder of Lady Daphne Ellesmere - who was subsequently on the menu for a passing lion - three more violent deaths in a week, arson, drug running, garroting, a botched- up abortion and a deadly Egyptian cobra
in a native servant's camp bed.