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November 17-23, 2012
Black Cobra by Sharad Sridhar
Black cobras are known by many names such as the Pakistan black cobra, the Indian cobra or simply, the common cobra. Simply they are melanised form of the cobras Naja naja also called Indian cobras or spectacled cobras by common name.The black cobra is often found in forests and in agricultural fields in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, as well as parts of Nepal and Bhutan. The black cobra feeds on rodents, lizards and frogs in these areas.Though the black cobra contains lethal venom and this species is known to be aggressive when threatened, it is often reluctant to open its mouth when biting. There have been several reports of dry bites, seen as warnings or threats toward people. Black cobras are one of only three non-spitting species of cobra in Asia.