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Sunday, 11 May 2014

Cobra

The name "cobra" is short for cobra de capelo or cobra-de-capelo, which is Portuguese for "snake with hood", or "hood-snake."

In 1978, the Skansen Zoo in Stockholm let a king cobra wander across zoo grounds at night to stop a spate of burglaries—it worked.


In March 2006, Shahimi Abdul Hamid of Malaysia set a world record by kissing a king cobra 51 times in three minutes, one second.

Cobras, which may live up to 20 years, are found from southern Africa, through southern Asia, to some of the islands of Southeast Asia.

A Snake charmer is a person who seems to make snakes (mainly cobras) rise up by playing a pungi. The wind instrument consists of a mouth-blown air reservoir made from a gourd, which channels air into two reedpipes. Snake charming is most common in India though other Asian nations and some North African countries are also home to performers.

Although snakes are able to sense sound, they lack the outer ear that would enable them to hear the music. The cobra that sits up and sways to and fro is following the rhythmic movements of the player, who himself sways in time with the melody. The snake considers the charmer and pungi a threat and responds to it as if it were a predator.

King Cobra is called as "King" because it can eat other species of snakes, and their poison doesn't affect it.

King Cobras aren't actually true cobras and are called that because their diet consists of other snakes, including Cobras.

One gram of King Cobra venom can kill 150 people.

King Cobra females are the only snakes that build nests.

Still-beating hearts of live cobras are eaten as a delicacy in Vietnam.

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