There are more than three varieties of the spitting cobra. Some of them are the black neck spitting cobra, the asp, and the ringhal spitting cobra.
The black neck spitting cobra is related to the desert cobra.
The spitting cobra lives in a two story nest when it's laying it's eggs. The spitting cobra lives in Southern Egypt to Northern South Africa. The
cobra is a reptile that lives in warm climates.
The spitting cobra spits venom and can cause blindness. The cobra's enemy is the mongoose. Another enemy is the ferret. When the cobra is threatened
it flattens it's neck into a hood.
The spitting cobra eats rats, rabbits, lizards, frogs, fish, and birds. Only the cobra can eat an egg whole.
The cobra has long spines inside it's throat on the neck vertebrae. The spitting cobras colors range from dull black to pink. When the cobra is an
adult it's about ten feet long
The Red Spitting Cobra, or Naja pallida (also known as Naja mossambique), gets part of their name by the looks. This reddish-brown cobra can grow up
to 3 ft. and 3 in. at the average adult length. You can tell the age of the snake by color, because the younger the snake is, the lighter the color
is. The Red Spitting Cobra has a tapering head, as the head serves as the broadest point, which helps their excellent vision. The venom glands rest
behind and below the eyes, as well as under the cheeks. This snake has a black strip of scales across the neck, which is shown when the hood is
This species of cobra doesn't have a wide diet and wide distribution. This cobra is found in the dry grasslands and semi-desert regions of
Northeastern Africa. The cobra is found in the Elapidae family, consisting of cobras and their relatives. This cobra feasts on other small snakes,
birds, and small mammals. However, like most snakes, they can live without eating up to one whole year.
The Red Spitting Cobra gets the other half of their name by the form of defense they have. This snake spits their venom out of their fangs by ejecting
the venom from the venom glands. The spit out venom usually is targeted for the eyes, so that the predator is occupied with stinging eyes, while the
snake runs off for cover. However, in order to catch food and when desperate measures need to be taken, the cobra has no choice but to sink their
teeth into the flesh and envenomate. If the spit out venom is not washed out of the eyes, it can eventually lead to blindness. But if you don't mend
the bite, it could lead to death.
When mating season comes, it is a whole different set of rules. Solitary animals, such as the Red Spitting Cobra, will change a bit. The males will
have head to head combats to fight for the right to mate with a female. Once the mating ritual is over, the female will find a place on the ground to
lie up to 15 eggs. After an incubation process takes place, the babies hatch and are on their own.
The Red Spitting Cobra is a beautiful animal, but sadly many don't think so. Habitat destruction is a major problem for these cobras, plowing away
their homes to create civilization, even though this animal is considered locally common. Others kill these cobras out of fear for their life. This
has got to stop! If we can educate others about the beauty and importance of this animal, then we can help save them. If the world tries really hard,
then we can live in harmony and co-exist with our natural world.
You have seen my favorite the red lets examine some other colors.
Spitting cobras are extremely accurate at distances over 10 feet. Some scientists theorize that the “Spitting Behavior” and evolution of the fang
modifications were a result of the fact that Spitting cobras cohabitate with numerous antelope species. These scientists believe that the primary
function of Spitting cobra fangs is to deter being trampled by antelope hooves. The Cobra is well equipped to spray its painful venom directly into
the eyes of potential trampling animals from a safe distance. This theory is almost identical to the theory of the evolution of the “Rattlesnake
Rattle” on rattlesnakes. Scientists speculate that the rattle’s main function was to alert buffalo and other grazing North American Hoovestock to
their presence in order to avoid being trampled by their feet.
Cobras are apt to be more aggressive at night when they are hunting. During the day the cobra often basks in the sun close to its refuge. This may be
a termitarium, rodent burrow, hollow tree or rock crevice.
When disturbed, a cobra will usually try to escape. If cornered, it will raise its head and neck, spread its hood (a flap of skin stretched over
specially adapted ribs) and will strike or glide forward to attack if approached. The size and shape of the hood varies by species. When biting
successfully, a cobra will often hold on and chew injecting great amounts of venom, which acts on the nervous system.
This is probably the most dangerous snake second to the Mamba. When confronted this snake can rear up two thirds of its body and can spit its venom
with quick moving accuracy. The venom is ejected from two small holes near the tip of the teeth and is usually aimed at the eyes. The effect is
instantaneous causing intense smarting and inflammation and if not washed out with milk or water will cause permanent blindness.
So if you dont know, now you know. I can only hope to be blessed to be reincarnated into this creature of might and beauty.