The Most Dangerous Venomous Snakes: Asia

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Indian Cobra

Scientific name: Naja naja
Family: Elapidae
Subfamily: Colubridae
Genus: Cobras
Length: Up to 5.5 ft (1.7 m)
Venom: Neurotoxic

Beautiful but dangerous - a breathtaking combination! The Indian cobra has an unmistakable marking on the back of its head that looks like a pair of glasses. That’s why it’s also called the spectacled cobra.

The Indian cobra is usually happy to move out of a human’s way. But if it feels threatened, it stands up and unfurls its neck flaps. Does this picture look familiar? Of course! Whenever a fakir, or snake charmer, is shown in a film, he will be shown with a basket, a flute and a dancing cobra - an Indian cobra.

Of course, the Indian cobra can’t hear the fakir, but it follows the movements of the flute with its eyes and the vibrations that the fakir makes with his foot on the ground.

Indian Cobra Indian Cobra - Photo: Kjeld Friis/Shutterstock