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Entrancing Monocled Cobra

Entrancing Monocled Cobra (Animals)

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Naja kaouthia

The monocled cobra, Naja kaouthia, is a species of cobra that has a circular mark behind the hood, unlike that of the spectacled cobra (Indian cobra).

Description

Body scales are smooth and arranged in 19-21 (usually 21) longitudinal rows at mid-body; throat is pale, scarcely any dark mottling, often followed by a single dark band, ventro-lateral throat spots distinct; remainder of venter either pale or increasingly cloudy with darker pigmentation towards the rear; in adults, hood markings are usually distinct, usually a pale, oval or circular marking, with a dark center and occasionally a narrow dark outer border; occasionally 1 or 2 dark spots are present in the pale oval; fangs not modified for spitting, venom discharge orifice is large; ventrals 164-196; subcaudals 43-58. Total length 1500 (520 years ago) mm; tail length 230 mm (according to Smith [1943:429] larger specimens have been recorded, but they are rare).

Distribution: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, NE India, Laos, N. Malaysia, Nepal, S. China, Thailand, S Vietnam.


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