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Malaysian Spitting Cobra

Range:

Southern Asia

Habitat:

From untouched tropical forests to agricultural and farmed areas.

Characteristics:

A ground dweller, large, slender, fast; frequently aggressive, usually with a threat posture.

Behavior:

Cobras are apt to be more aggressive at night when they are hunting. During the day the cobra often basks in the sun close to its refuge. This may be a termitarium, rodent burrow, hollow tree or rock crevice. When disturbed, a cobra will usually try to escape. If cornered, it will raise its head and neck, spread its hood (a flap of skin stretched over specially adapted ribs) and will strike or glide forward to attack if approached. The size and shape of the hood varies by species. When biting successfully, a cobra will often hold on and chew injecting great amounts of venom, which acts on the nervous system.

Reproduction:

Oviporous. Several dozen eggs are deposited in a rodent burrow or termite mound. The female usually but not always stays with the eggs during incubation which can last from 45-80 days, depending on the temperature and other variables. The 10 inch hatchlings are identical to adults except brighter in color.

Interesting Facts:

If untreated, a cobra bite may result in death through respiratory failure in about 6 hours.

About Our Animals:

This animal is not currently in Hogle Zoo inventory.

Malaysian Spitting Cobra
Range
Class: reptile
Genus: Naja
Species: naja sputatrix
Length: 4-5 feet
Average Lifespan: 10
Wild Diet: Rodents, birds and their eggs, lizards, other snakes, and amphibians.
Predators: Man; mongoose which is very fast and immune to cobra venom.
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Not Listed


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