Indian cobra

Naja naja

The Indian cobra also known as the Spectacled cobra, Asian cobra or Binocellate cobra is a species of the genus Naja found in the Indian subcontinent (India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal). The cobra is one of species that inflict the most snake bites on humans. They’re found all over the island, except for a small zone in the highlands.

The Indian cobra is a moderately sized, heavy bodied species. 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 neck. The snout is short and rounded with large nostrils. The majority of adult specimens range from 1 to 1.5 meters in length. Some specimens, particularly those from Sri Lanka, may grow to lengths of 2.1 to 2.2 meters.

 

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