C O BR A S THE AR TI CA L Cobras’ Looks
Did you know cobras are reptiles? This means it does not have fur. There are eleven different types of cobras. As you may know they are deaf. Also, they don’t have legs. Have you ever thought about forks? Well, if you have you might think about cobras’ tongues. They are forked. They lift their hoods when angry or disturbed. You probably know that cobras have tails. The back of its hood has color. Sometimes, like with the cape cobra, it is tan, black and other colors. It slithers. Want to know more about cobras? There are just a few more sentences left about its looks and lengths, so read on. The king cobra can grow up to eighteen feet long! The king cobra is four times bigger than the Indian cobra. The cobra doesn’t see very well. Still it uses sight more than most snakes. It flicks its tongue out to collects scents and pulls it in its mouth and that is how they smell. They have smooth skin.
The cobras habitats’…They live near water like the monitor lizard. Most cobras live in the jungles under rocks and fallen trees. They live in Africa, India and Asia. They mostly disappear into different areas before you see them. The Ringhals spitting cobra lives in the drier parts of Africa.
Food One gulp, that’s all! Cobras are carnivores. It hunts its food. It can’t use its hearing sense to find its food. Most cobras eat rats, mice, frogs, birds and eggs. The cobra has a windpipe and with it, it can swallow large pray while breathing. The king cobra when it’s a baby has no teeth so it can’t chew its food. The king cobra eats other snakes.
Life of Cobras
The eaters and the eaten… The cobras’ predator is the mongoose. Cobras hunt in the late afternoon or at night.
Look into the world of cobras… It mates at 2 or 3 years old. When it mates it sheds its skin even more! They lay their eggs in the summer. They lay their eggs in damp leaves. Most cobras lay 8 to 30 eggs. The eggs hatch after about 2 months.
They can swim. They can climb trees. The black necked cobra spits venom into its enemies’ eyes. When venom is spit it can go 6 feet. The cape cobra can paralyze its victim’s muscles with its bite.
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