Pseudohaje nigra

Pseudohaje nigra, commonly called the black tree cobra, is a species of venomous tree cobra found in central and western Africa. This species is one of the two tree cobras in Africa, the other being Goldie's tree cobra (Pseudohaje goldii).

Pseudohaje nigra
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Pseudohaje
P. nigra
Binomial name
Pseudohaje nigra
  • Pseudohaje nigra Günther, 1858
  • Naia guentheri Boulenger, 1896
  • Pseudohaje guentheri
    Bogert, 1942
  • Pseudohaje nigra
    Laurent, 1954[3]

Geographic range

P. nigra is found in Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Togo.[3]


P. nigra is black dorsally, and brown ventrally. Adults may attain a total length (including tail) of 2.13 m (7.0 ft).[4]


  1. "Pseudohaje nigra". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  2. "Pseudohaje nigra". ITIS Standard Report Page. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  3. Uetz, Peter. "Pseudohaje nigra GÜNTHER, 1858". The Reptile Database. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  4. Boulenger GA. 1896. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume III., Containing the Colubridæ (Opisthoglyphæ and Proteroglyphæ) ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiv + 727 pp. + Plates I-XXV. (Naia guentheri, p. 388 + Plate XXI, three views of head).

Further reading

  • 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 nigra, new species, p. 222).

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