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Naja annulata

Ringed Water Cobra

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
--- Can not spit venom --- ref
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The bite of most elapids is not painful. You can be bitten and envenomated without noticing it.


This cobra is extremely well adapted to hunting underwater. It can dive 25 meter deep and stay underwater ~20 Minutes. At land it moves equally well.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 270 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • unknown
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

  • fixed ref front-fanged ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

-25 meter above sea level (a.s.l.) ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Naja annulata  CHINESE 水眼镜蛇 (Shuǐ Yǎnjìngshé), ENGLISH Banded Water Cobra, Ringed Water Cobra, FRENCH Cobra D'eau, GERMAN Gebänderte Wasserkobra, UNCODED LANGUAGES Ngwa Maamba ref
Naja annulata annulata ref
Naja annulata stormsi ENGLISH Storm's Water Cobra ref

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Elapidae

  • Elapids
  • III. Subfamily Incertae_sedis (Elapidae)

  • not assigned to any subfamily
  • IV. Genus Naja

  • Cobras
  • V. Species Naja annulata

  • Ringed water cobra
  • VI. snakeID

  • 729
Look up complete taxonomic records of Naja annulata (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).