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Cobra (snake)

Cobras are a family of venomous snakes. They generally inhabit tropical and desert regions of Asia and Africa. Cobras kill their prey, usually small rodents and birds, by injecting a neurotoxin through their hollow fangs. The spitting cobra can also incapacitate larger would-be predators by delivering irritating venom to their eyes.

The cobra's most recognizable feature is its hood, a flap of skin and muscle behind the head which it can flare, perhaps making it appear bigger and more threatening to predators. The hoods of some species carry markings which may also serve to confuse enemies. The cobra's predators include the mongoose and possibly some raptors.

There are several cobra species: