Interesting facts about cobras

Posted on Nov 25, 2022      308

There are many famous snakes in the world, but cobras stand apart among them, mainly due to the fact that they are almost the most recognizable reptiles in the world. In fact, there are far more venomous snakes in the world than cobras, but the habit of these creatures to open their hoods when attacked has made them very memorable. And does it even matter to a snakebite victim how deadly venomous the snake that bit it is, if even the venom of any cobra is usually enough to kill any living creature on earth?

Facts about cobras

  • Scientists identify 16 different species of cobras, all of which are venomous.
  • Cobras are rather phlegmatic creatures. They dislike haste and fuss, but if you encroach on their territory, they will zealously defend it.
  • The king cobra is the largest venomous snake in the world, reaching a size of 3-4 meters, but there are some recorded individuals over 5 meters, weighing up to 10-12 kg.
  • Most cobra species breed in captivity extremely reluctantly.
  • Unlike their other venomous snakes, cobras do not lunge at an enemy from ambush, but let themselves be discovered. They stand up, open their hood and sway, as if to warn that they are not to be trifled with, to frighten the enemy and force him to retreat.
  • King cobras are rarely kept in zoos and terrariums because of their aggressiveness.
  • Distinctive features of the cobra are the six shields on its head. However, when encountering it, there is usually no time to look at them.
  • The cobra is an excellent swimmer, and its land speed is 6 km/h. This snake rarely rushes in pursuit of a person.
  • Cobras are also dangerous because they often settle near people. Cities attract mice and rats, which attract cobras, which eagerly feed on these rodents.

  • Cobras breed only once a year, laying 8 to 80 eggs at a time.
  • A cobra bite can kill even an adult elephant.
  • The venom of some cobra species is used in medicine.
  • Angola cobra is the smallest of these snakes. The length of an adult rarely exceeds 1.5 meters.
  • Despite its venomous nature, cobra is quite edible, and in several Asian countries, it is considered a rare and expensive delicacy.
  • The Central Asian cobra is the only cobra found in places where snow falls in winter.
  • Sometimes these poisonous snakes can even be found in the mountains, up to 2.5 km above sea level.
  • Hemachatus cobra is the only one of them, which does not lay eggs, and gives birth to live cubs, and sometimes up to 50-60 at a time.
  • Cobra calves just hatched are fully autonomous and already have the poison, but because of its small number, they initially hunt the smallest prey, or even insects.
  • The king cobra is the only snake in the world that, occasionally, willingly eats other snakes, including venomous ones.

  • In the wild, cobras are found mainly in southern Africa and Southeast Asia.
  • When hunting, cobras do not swallow their prey alive, as many people think, but first paralyze them with their venom, wait some time until the prey is dead, and only then eat.
  • King cobras grow their entire lives, with an average life span of 25-30 years.
  • Despite its name, the king cobra does not belong to the real cobras, and forms a separate genus.
  • When meeting, king cobras stand in a battle stand to measure their height. The shorter one admits defeat and crawls away.
  • Sexual intercourse in cobras can last two to three days.
  • Three species of cobras do not bite their victims, and spit out venom, and accurately. Getting their venom in the eyes, where these snakes usually target, usually leads to blindness.
  • Unlike other snakes, the king cobra can control the dose of venom. It often bites people without venom at all, so as not to spend it on someone who is not a suitable food for her.
  • African spitting cobras can spray venom in a short time in the enemy up to 30-40 times in a row.
  • In the Philippines, there is the second most venomous cobra, whose venom can kill an adult in half an hour. It is especially dangerous because it does not need to bite - it also belongs to the spitting ones.
  • Male king cobras have two penises instead of one.