Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Spectacled Cobra


The Indian Cobra is also known as the Spectacled Cobra
can you guess why by looking at the picture?
spectacled cobra
(from: wikipedia - indian cobra)

If you look at the markings on the back of the cobra,
it kind of looks like someone is wearing glasses,
and glasses are also sometimes called spectacles.

The Indian Cobra's head isn't always spread out like that,
they have something called a hood which fans out when they feel threatened.

Normal:
indian cobra

Threatened:
indian cobra

So if you see a snake standing up like that with it's hood out,
you know the snake feels threatened by you!