Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Asian King Cobra

A highly variable species, which is sometimes also known as the monocled cobra because of the marking on the back of the neck hood that resembles a pair of spectacles. The upper body colour is usually brown, ranging from light fawn to almost black. The underside, including the side of the head is pale yellowish-cream, occasionally with darker bands or markings. The hood is expanded when the snake feels threatened by moveable bony extensions of the vertebrae. This, combined with an extremely loud hiss and the front half of the body raised up off of the ground, is an imposing sight for any potential predator. The exception is the mongoose, a small mammal which will readily take on and kill the cobra.

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