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Andaman Cobra

Andaman cobras are species of venomous snakes native to the Andaman Islands of India. The species is named after the islands itself.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Elapidae
    Genus Naja
    Scientific Name Naja sagittifera

    Length Largest specimen 1.80m
    Color Three color variations are recorded;

    (a)    Upper part shiny black with hazy black monocle hood mark, lower parts shiny dark-gray with black head

    (b)   Upper part creamish or light brown, body and tail contains faded black lines and faded black monocle hood mark with brown centre, lower part pale brown, light brown head with black spots

    (c)    Upper part uniform grayish with prominent narrow black irregular cross-bars on the body and tail with marked black monocle hood mark with gray centre, lower part grayish, black head with pale white blotches on shields

    Distribution Andaman and Little Andaman Islands
    Habitat Mangrove swamps, forest edges, thick forest, grasslands, plantations
    Diet Rodents, chicken and duck eggs
    Venom Fact Neurotoxic
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)

    Andaman Cobra Pictures Gallery

    Published on September 29th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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