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  Naja sumatrana
  Family Name : Elapidae

  Taxonomic Group : Vertebrates (Reptile)

  Common Names : Black Spitting Cobra, Equatorial Spitting Cobra

Black Spitting Cobra,Equatorial Spitting Cobra
  • Description
    • Size :
      1 m
      Description :
      Head broad and slightly distinct from body. Body stout and cylindrical in cross-section, with stretchable fold of skin on both sides of the neck. Uniform iridescent black above. Underside bluish-grey with white blotches on the throat and neck.
  • Ecology, Habitat & Location
    • Ecological Notes :
      Diurnal. Feeds on small animals such as rats and toads. Occurs in forest, scrubland and gardens. Highly venomous. Will raise the front part of its body when provoked, flatten its neck and hiss loudly. If warning display fails, it may eject fine sprays of venom from its fangs towards the eyes of its provoker. The spray can cover over one metre and can cause discomfort and even temporary blindness if it enters the eyes. In Singapore, this snake is common in scrubland and suburban areas, and individuals sometimes enter houses.
      Habitats :
      Forest, Parks & Gardens, Terrestrial, Urban
      Distribution :
      Distributed in the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.
      Parks & Gardens :
      Singapore Botanic Gardens
  • Status
    • Species Status :
      Conservation Status :
  • References
    • Baker, N. & Lim, K. 2008. Wild animals of Singapore. Singapore: Draco Publishing and Distribution Pte Ltd. 180pp 

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