Common name : Spectacled cobra, Binocellate cobra, Asian cobra
Scientific name : Naja naja
Family : Elapidae
Native to : India
Interesting fact : They can spit venom over a distance of 2
metres when threatened.
Conservation status : Not Assessed. Protected under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act (1972)
The Indian spectacled cobra forms a hood by flattening its neck. The back of the hood has two connected dots resembling spectacles. Its typical threat display involves flaring its hood and raising about 1/3rd of its body. Active in the day, they adapt well to many habitats often found near water bodies inside tree hollows and termites’ mounds.