Tropical Rainforest Animals
Indian Cobra
Indian Cobra
Class: Reptilia: Reptiles Diet: Small mammals, reptiles, amphibians
Order: Squamata: Lizards and Snakes
Size: body:1.8 - 2.2 m (6 - 7 1/4 ft)
Family: Elapidae: Cobras and Sea Snakes Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Naja naja Habitat: rainforest, rice fields, cultivated land
Range: India, central Asia, Southeast Asia

Size of Indian CobraA large, highly venomous snake, the Indian cobra feeds on rodents, lizards, and frogs. As well as biting, the Indian cobra can attack or defend itself from a distance by "spitting" venom, which, if it enters the opponent's eyes, causes severe pain and damage. The snake actually forces the venom through its fangs, by exerting muscular pressure on the venom glands, so that it sprays out in twin jets for 2 m (6 1/2 ft) or more. In its characteristic threat posture, the Indian cobra raises the front one-third of its body and spreads out its long, flexible neck ribs and loose skin to form a disklike hood, on the back of which there are markings resembling eyes. Indian cobras pay more attention to their eggs than is usual in snakes. The 8 to 45 eggs (usually 12 to 20) are laid in a hollow tree, a termite mound or earth into which the snakes tunnel. The female guards the clutch throughout the incubation period, leaving them only for a short time each day to feed. The young hatch after about 50 or 60 days.

Range of Indian Cobra
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