A “Cobra” as most people use the word, is any snake that can flatten it’s “neck” area, the section behind the head, into a kind of hood and stand upright to raise the head off the ground. This definition works for most people and makes the snake below, the King Cobra, a “Cobra” in their thinking. But Cobras are not all alike, not all from the same snake family, not equally venomous or even, in some cases, very closely related.
A. Monocled Cobra- Naja kaouthia
B. Shield Nosed Cobra- Aspedelapas scutatus
C.King Cobra- Ophiophagus hanna
D. Ringhals- Hemachatus haemacatus
E. Egyptian Cobra- Naja haje
F. Coral Cobra- Aspedalapas lubricus
The word “Cobra” is short for a Portuguese phrase “cobra de capelo,” which simply means, snake with a hood. This iconic painting was done by Charles Knight, the artist that painted many dramatic Dinosaur scenes in the early 20th century.
This is not to say that anyone reading this should consider one as a pet!
Some snake charmers sew the Cobras’ mouths closed or the brake off teeth with a pliers or file, but some work with the Cobras so much they become used to handling and will not bite. These are Indian Cobras. This has become a common sight in India and Indonesia. Obviously all these people are not Cobra experts with decades of handling experience to protect them from Cobra bites. Therefore the reverse must be true, the Cobras are not interested in biting. The European colonization of southest Asia brought agribusiness, like coffee and cotton plantations, to areas that had never known it. These specialized farms created places where rats and mice could live close to people, both on the farms and in the settlements set up for their workers. And with the incomming rodents came the snakes, both venomous and non-venomous by the hundreds. Suddenly snakes like Cobras could be found living right under foot, literally! The numbers of bites and deaths skyrocketed.
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