Asian Cobras, often called Spectacle Cobras because of small markings on
the back of their hoods resembling a pair of spectacles, seldom reach
lengths over six feet. Their hoods however are much larger than
their cousin, the King Cobra. The coloration on the upper body
ranges anywhere from light fawn to black whereas the under belly and
side of hood are usually pale-yellowish or cream sometimes with darker
bands or markings.
These Cobras are most commonly found in central to
eastern Asia as their name indicates. This includes east India,
China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. Within these regions these
snakes will stick mainly to the grasslands, open forests, and the
savannah. It also is mostly attracted to human areas or anywhere
there is an abundance of mice and rats.
Like most snakes the Cobras diet consists mostly of
small mammals particularly rodents.
Venom & Bite:
The Asian Cobra contributes to thousands of deaths per
year in India alone, but will seldom attack unprovoked. If death
does not occur a serious bite can lead to permanent damage by
destruction of tissue of loss of finger or limb.