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Caspian Cobra

Caspian cobras are medium-sized, heavy-bodied highly poisonous species of cobra snakes occurring in Central Asia. Although the species is terrestrial and diurnal, they are good climbers and exhibit crepuscular and nocturnal traits. They are quick-moving, agile and are known to be good swimmers. They are aggressive and bad-tempered too.

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

    Other Names Central Asian Cobra, Oxus Cobra, Russian Cobra
    Length Around 1m
    Color Light brown to chocolate brown or yellowish
    Distribution Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, north and east Afghanistan, northeastern Iran,  Kashmir region, the northern half of Pakistan, state of Himachal Pradesh in India, southwestern Tajikistan
    Habitat Arid and semiarid, rocky or stony, shrub or scrub covered foothills at a height up to about 3,000 m (9,800 ft) from the sea level
    Diet Rodents, frogs and toads, occasionally fish, birds and bird eggs
    Predators Mongoose, birds of prey particularly snake eagles, other snakes
    Venom Fact Neurotoxic (highly venomous)
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 6 to 19 eggs
    Average Lifespan 20 to 30 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Data Deficient

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    Published on October 1st 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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