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Naja kaouthia

Monocled Cobra

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
💦 Can spit venom 💦 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 230 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 20 to 35 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

  • fixed ref front-fanged ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length

  • 6.78 mm ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

0 to 3200 meter above sea level (a.s.l.) ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Naja kaouthia  AFRIKAANS Anchietae Se Kobra, BENGALI Keute, কেউটে (Kē'uṭē), CHINESE 孟加拉眼镜蛇 (Mèng Jiā La Yǎnjìngshé), ENGLISH Monocellate Cobra, Monocled Cobra, Thai Cobra, FRENCH Cobra à Monocle, GERMAN Monokelkobra, INDONESIAN Kobra Kaca Tunggal, MALAY Ular Senduk, MARATHI एकाक्ष नाग, NEPALI Goman, Nag, Paniyadarad, SPANISH Cobra De Monóculo, Cobra Monocelada, THAI งูเห่า (Ngu Hao), งูเห่าดำ (Ngu Hao Dam) 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 kaouthia

  • Monocled cobra
  • VI. snakeID

  • 736
Look up complete taxonomic records of Naja kaouthia (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).