Cobra

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  1. A group of cobras is called “quiver”.
  2. Cobras live 20 years in the wild. They might live longer in captivity.
  3. Cobras are famous for their hood, which is a flap of skin that can be spread when snake feels angry or threatened. Hoods can scare predators and chase them away.
  4. The smallest species of cobra, Mozambique spitting cobra, is 4 feet long. The largest species is the King Cobra. It weighs around 13 pounds and is 18 feet in length.
  5. They can be green, brown, dark brown in color.
  6. Cobras produce large amount of venom. With just one bite, a cobra can kill a large elephant or 10-15 adult humans. Their venomous fangs are half an inch in length. Look out! 
  7. Spitting cobras can spit their venom with incredible accuracy. They can align it with the predator’s head and deliver venom right into their eyes. The next time you do archery, maybe bring a snake along.
  8. Cobras eat lizards, frogs, birds, mammals, fish and other snakes.
  9. They have excellent night vision and sense of smell, which they use to detect prey. Their sense of smell is located on the tongue. That must STINK! (Budum tiss)
  10. Their metabolism is very slow, so they need to eat every couple of months.
  11. Females lay between 20-40 eggs. The incubation time lasts between 60-80 days.
  12. Cobras are the only snakes that show at least some sort of parental behavior. They build nest for their eggs and guard them until they hatch.
  13. Snake charmers in Burma use cobras to entertain audiences. Cobras respond well to visual stimulus and can be “trained” to show it’s hood when it rises from the bag. Snake charmers remove venomous teeth to prevent bites. However, this tradition is illegal and inhumane for snakes.

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