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Chinese Cobra

Chinese cobras are a medium-sized, highly poisonous species of cobra snakes belonging to the Elapidae family, occurring in southern China and in some neighboring countries and islands. They are terrestrial, diurnal and crepuscular. They are known to be very aggressive and alert.

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

    Other Names Taiwan cobra
    Length Around 1.2 to 1.5m; largest specimen recorded is 2m
    Color Brown, gray or black dorsal color with or without narrow diagonal lines at irregular intervals; the upper head is same as dorsal color with side being lighter; some specimens has white, yellow or brown dorsal color, white to light gray non-uniform scattered crosslines may appear along the upper body and the hood may contain a marking of spectacle; white to light gray or light orange ventral head and neck
    Distribution Southeastern China, Hong Kong, northern Laos, northern Vietnam, Taiwan
    Habitat Woodlands,  grasslands, shrublands, mangroves
    Diet Rodents, frogs, toads, fish, other snakes
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates during winter months
    Venom Fact Highly venomous (consists of neurotoxins and cardiotoxins)
    Breeding Season March – May
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 6 to 23 eggs
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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

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