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Arabian Cobra

Arabian cobra is a species of venomous snake occurring in the Arabian Peninsula. For a long time, the snake was considered a subspecies of the Egyptian cobra but, was recognized as a separate species due to the genetic and morphological differences. It is the longest among the other venomous snakes in the Middle East. The species is elusive and rarely spotted in the wild.

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

    Length Around 1 to 1.5 m, specimens of size 2.4 m are also found
    Color Brown or yellow body color; head, neck and tail are often black
    Distribution Western and southern Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen
    Habitat Well vegetated microhabitats with nearness to water in arid, rocky, semi desert regions
    Diet Frogs, toads, small mammals, birds, eggs, lizards, other snakes
    Venom Fact Neurotoxic
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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

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