Studies reveal that people accustomed with the cobra snake family than with any other snake group or subgroup in the poisonous or non-poisonous serpent categories. Tropical lands and desert areas make the favorite habitat for the cobra snake, which explains why this snake is widely spread in the arid lands of Asia and Africa. These serpents have got so very famous by the threatening body posture they assume when danger is near: a cobra snake, which has a perfectly symmetrical head otherwise, will flatten the head and rear it up in a menacing way when it considers itself in danger. Another peculiarity the cobra snake owes its reputation to is the performance of cobra charming tricks by Indian snake masters.
The spitting cobra snake is one of the most peculiar variety as it not only has a deadly bite but it also sprays venom in the eyes of prey and aggressors alike. The eye contact with the venom toxins can cause not just pain but blindness too, therefore, in case your eyes get exposed to cobra snake venom, washing with plenty of water could be the only way to stop permanent damage. The King cobra snake also distinguishes itself in this large serpent family by its feeding specificity, since it eats almost only other snakes, with mice and small birds accidentally turning into a meal.
The King cobra snake sets another record in terms of size: it can grow as long as seventeen feet, which makes it the largest venomous snake in the world. The most recent discovery of a cobra snake species was made in 2003, when a specimen was identified at a London Zoo as part of an illegal transport of exotic pets. According to DNA studies this new species resembles the red spitting cobra snake but shows major differences in terms of genes. It seems to come from an area between Sudan and Egypt, and it was given the name of Nubian spitting cobra.
Though highly dangerous when it senses a threat, a cobra snake will not attack if you leave it in peace. If compared to the strike of a rattlesnake, the cobra is pretty slow in attack, and many bites fail to touch the prey or do not result in envenomation. A study conducted on Malaysian cobra snake victims shows that only 55% of the bites had venom release too. Yet, the same statistics indicates a mortality rate of 10% for people bitten by a cobra snake, since the toxins sent in the blood of the prey are devastating the nerves and causing respiratory deficiencies within thirty minutes from the occurrence of the bite.