Welcome. This is my photoblog. The first post starts with my favorite snake in the world.
Naja naja – The Indian Spectacled Cobra.
One of the most interesting snakes to observe and study about, cobra’s are found in every nook and corner of this country. If spectacled cobra’s are found in abundance in peninsular India, the northern part has its own variant, the monocled cobra. Even the remote islands of Andaman and Nicobar has its own specimen, the Andaman cobra.
In the picture above, you see a close-up image of a spectacled cobra. This cobra was caught from the paddy fields near Mahabalipuram near chennai. It is a female that was brooding its eggs. The snake was allowed to brood after the photoshoot. Though she may seem to be quiet in the picture above, she was one angry lady when we pulled her out.
The Indian Cobra’s most known characteristic features are the wide black band on the underside of the neck, and the hood marking design which shows half-rings on either side of the hood. It is a smooth-scaled snake with black eyes, a wide neck and head, and a medium-sized body. Its coloring varies from black, to dark brown, to a creamy white. The body is usually covered with a spectacled white or yellow pattern, which sometimes forms ragged bands. The Indian cobra may grow from 1.8m to 2.2m. (India4U,2000; Discovery, 2000; Breen, 1974)
That’s it for now. Will be up with the next post soon! Bye.