These Cobras Spit at Their Victims From a Distance

Yana Bostongirl

Two snakes that attack by spitting venom at their victims are the Mozambique Spitting Cobra, scientific name Naja mossambica, and the Indochinese Spitting Cobra, scientific name Naja siamensis.

While the former is a native of Africa, the latter is commonly found in Southeast Asia. The Mozambique Spitting Cobra is known to actually spit its venom, which is cytotoxic, into its attacker's eyes causing vision problems and even blindness: "One of the unique facts about it is that, unlike other cobra species, the holes in its fangs are at right angles, allowing it to spit venom while on the ground or while rearing up with its hood raised."

It is commonly found in the savannahs and forests of Angola, Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its fearsome moniker is courtesy of naturalist Wihelm Peters who discovered this snake in Mozambique in 1854.

According to reports, the Indochinese Spitting Cobra is a nocturnal species that is found in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos:" It occupies a range of habitats including lowlands, hills, plains, and woodland. It can also be found in jungle habitats and it is sometimes attracted to human settlements because of the abundant populations of rodents in and around these areas."

The Indochinese Spitting Cobra's diet consists of rodents, toads, and other snakes.

Their venom is both neurotoxic and cytotoxic in nature. If they spit their venom directly into the eyes of the victim, it can lead to severe pain and even blindness. Bites from the Indochinese Spitting Cobra can cause death resulting from paralysis and asphyxiation.

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