Indian Spectacled Cobra


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.

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