How do you identify a cobra?

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Morphologically, the king cobra has a larger head and more narrow hood compared to other cobra species. A key to identifying them is the presence of a pair of large scales, known as occipitals, located at the back of the top of the head.

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In respect to this, how do you identify an Indian cobra?

This cobra species can easily be identified by its relatively large and quite impressive hood, which it expands when threatened. This species has a head which is elliptical, depressed, and very slightly distinct from the neck. The snout is short and rounded with large nostrils.

Furthermore, how do I tell what kind of snake I have? Eye color, pupil shape, location on the face, and eye size should all be noted. These three identifiers: body length and width, head shape, and eye characteristics will narrow down the possibilities for species identification. Color is usually very helpful in determining the type of snake you have located.

One may also ask, what is the difference between a cobra and a king cobra?

Actually, some true cobras also eat snakes. The difference in diet is that King Cobras eat almost exclusively other snakes as adults in the wild. In terms of genetic relationships, the King Cobra is a separate genus (Ophiophagus) from the True Cobras of the genus Naja.

Does Indian cobra take revenge?

Snakes are revengeful. There is no scientific basis to this. A snake's brain is not developed to the extent of retaining memory. It is said that if you kill a snake, another (its mate) will follow you and take revenge.

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What color are cobra snakes?

In addition to their trademark hoods, cobras have round pupils and smooth scales. Colors vary widely from species to species. There are red, yellow, black, mottled, banded and many other colors and patterns of cobra. Cobras are large snakes; many species reach more than 6 feet long (2 meters).

How many years does a cobra live?

Acrochordus arafurae: 9 years

What is cobra snake?

Cobra, any of various species of highly venomous snakes, most of which expand the neck ribs to form a hood. While the hood is characteristic of cobras, not all of them are closely related. Cobra venom generally contains neurotoxins active against the nervous system of prey—primarily small vertebrates and other snakes.

What does a Cape Cobra look like?


The Cape Cobra is one of four non-spitting cobras found in southern Africa. An adult is about 1.2 m (to 1.6 m) in length, an varies in colour from light yellow to rich yellow, copper, or light to medium or dark brown and even black, often speckled with shades of brown and orange.

Can cobra snakes see?

With the exception of a few species that have adapted to daytime hunting, most snakes do not see well. These pits, not eyes, actually are thought to render images of prey in the snakes' brains. RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU Interestingly, Cobras' senses are sharp enough to aim for the eyes when spitting venom.

Is a Black Mamba a type of cobra?

The black mamba is a long, slender, cylindrical snake. It is the second-longest venomous snake species, exceeded in length only by the king cobra. The black mamba is a proteroglyphous (front-fanged) snake, with fangs up to 6.5 mm (0.26 in) in length, located at the front of the maxilla.

Which snake can kill King Cobra?


A King Cobra (the worlds longest venomous snake) has attempted to catch, kill and eat this Reticulated Python (grows to be the longest snake in the world) and has been coiled and strangled by the python and died in the process. Both were dead when found.

What is the largest king cobra on record?

The largest known king cobra was 5.59 m (18 ft 4 in) long and captured in Thailand.

Is King Cobra immune to venom?

Several North American species of rat snakes, as well as king snakes, have proven to be immune or highly resistant to the venom of rattlesnake species. The king cobra, which does prey on cobras, is said to be immune to their venom.

How do rattlesnakes have babies?

Although many kinds of snakes and other reptiles are oviparous (lay eggs), rattlesnakes are ovoviviparous (give birth to live young after carrying eggs inside). The female produces the ova ("eggs") in her ovaries, after which they pass through the body cavity and into one of her two oviducts.

Where do black mambas live?


For these reasons, the black mamba is widely considered the world's deadliest snake. Black mambas live in the savannas and rocky hills of southern and eastern Africa. They are Africa's longest venomous snake, reaching up to 14 feet in length, although 8.2 feet is more the average.

Can King Cobra kill elephant?

A king cobra bite can kill a human in 15 minutes and a full-grown elephant in a few hours. What makes these cobras kings is not just their size, or their deadliness — after all, they don't eat humans or elephants — it is that they eat other snakes. Even deadly snakes like kraits or other cobras are prey.

Is there an app to identify snakes?

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