Profile of a cobra

Cobras

Cobras in the genus Naja are found in Asia and Africa. They are highly venomous and each species injects a cocktail of chemicals that have all kinds of different effects. For example, the effect might be slowing or speeding the heart rate, raising or lowering blood pressure, or preventing blood from clotting. So, if bitten, it's important to know which species was the culprit, so the right anti-venom can be adminstered.

Scientific name: Naja

Rank: Genus

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Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Cobras taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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Monocled cobra Monocled cobra
Monocled cobras are famed for their magnificent hood, which sports circular markings that resemble eyes. They are timid and yet very dangerous snakes, with a powerful toxin that can prove fatal if not treated.

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