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Naja atra

Chinese Cobra

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
Can spit venom (up to 300 cm). 💦 ref
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The bite of most elapids is not painful. You can be bitten and envenomated without noticing it.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 200 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 20 to 30 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

  • fixed ref front-fanged ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Naja atra  CHINESE 中华眼镜蛇 (Zhōnghuá Yǎnjìngshé), 目鏡蛇 (Mùjìng Shé), 眼鏡蛇 (Yǎnjìngshé), 舟山眼镜蛇 (Zhōushān Yǎnjìngshé), 長頷蛇 (Zhǎng Hàn Shé), 飯匙倩/銃 (Fàn Shi Qiàn/chòng), 飯鏟頭 (Fàn Chǎn Tóu), ENGLISH Chinese Cobra, Taiwan Cobra, GERMAN Chinesische Kobra, INDONESIAN Kobra Tiongkok, SPANISH Cobra China, Cobra De Taiwán 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 atra

  • Chinese cobra
  • VI. snakeID

  • 733
Look up complete taxonomic records of Naja atra (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).