26 Interesting Facts About Cobras

Cobras are among the most dangerous and venomous snakes in the world. They are found in many countries, and invariably instill fear in the locals. Who doesn’t recognize this open-hood silhouette? However, you can find an approach to cobras if you know how. Snake catchers have proven this many times.

  • In the tropical country of the Philippines, the spitting cobra is found, the second most poisonous among the entire family.
  • Another species of spitting cobras, common in Africa, is able to spit at the enemy with sprayed poison up to thirty to forty times in a row.
  • King cobras are able to control the dose of venom injected when bitten. Moreover, they often bite without poison at all, if the victim is not suitable for their food. Therefore, the bite of this snake is not always fatal.
  • Among all the variety of cobras, three of their species are spitting.
  • Cobra mating can take several days.
  • Competing with each other, king cobras always take a fighting stance when they meet. The one that is higher always wins.
  • King cobras grow throughout life, and sometimes they live up to thirty years. Particularly large specimens can exceed four meters in length.
  • These snakes never eat live prey. Having bitten it, they wait for the death of the victim and only then swallow it.
  • Most of all cobras of various species are found in Africa and Southeast Asia.
  • The king cobra is unique in that, unlike other snakes, it often eats, in fact, other species of snakes. Sometimes even poisonous relatives become its victims.
  • Newborn cobras are already poisonous, but they have little poison, so they hunt insects or other small prey.
  • All cobras lay eggs. Everything except the collar – she gives birth to live snakes, sometimes more than fifty at a time.
  • These snakes are common up to 2500 meters above sea level.
  • They are very thermophilic. Only the Central Asian cobra lives in areas where snowfalls in winter.
  • In some countries, cobras are considered a delicacy. A dish of this snake will cost you a couple of hundred dollars at a restaurant.
  • Some medicines are made on the basis of their poison.
  • The bite of an ordinary cobra is fatal even for an adult elephant, but the skin of these giants on almost their entire body is too rough and thick for the snake to bite through it.
  • Cobras lay from 8-10 to 70-80 eggs at a time. They breed only once a year.
  • The smallest of these is the Angolan cobra. These snakes never grow more than one and a half meters in length.
  • On occasion, cobras willingly feed on mice and rats, and therefore they often settle closer to people.
  • They can swim and easily cross water obstacles.
  • An adult runs faster than a cobra crawls and, if necessary, can run away from it.
  • King cobras are extremely aggressive and difficult to keep in zoos and terrariums.
  • These snakes do not usually ambush humans. On the contrary, they do not want to associate with a potentially dangerous adversary who, moreover, are too large to eat. Therefore, they usually let themselves be discovered, after which they take a fighting stance in order to scare the opponent and force him to retreat.
  • In captivity, cobras usually hardly breed.
  • There are sixteen species of cobras in the world. They are all poisonous and deadly.
Alice White

Written by Alice White

Alice White, a devoted pet lover and writer, has turned her boundless affection for animals into a fulfilling career. Originally dreaming of wildlife, her limited scientific background led her to specialize in animal literature. Now she happily spends her days researching and writing about various creatures, living her dream.

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