• Animals in Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lankan Animals, Animals of Sri Lanka

Indian Cobra

The Indian Corbra (Naja naja) also called the Indian Spectacled Cobra is moderately sized measuring generally around 1-1.5 meters, yet in Sri Lanka they have been seen to grow up to 2.1 – 2.2 meters. Its prominent characteristic features are its large impressive hood which it swells up assuming its typical sitting posture when endangered, its elliptical head and the wide black band on the underside of the neck. Its habitation is mostly in dense and open forests, paddy fields, wetlands and around human habitations where it feeds on rodent prey, lizards and frogs. This species is known to be highly venomous whose bite can be fatal.