Reptile / Naja naja

Indian Cobra


Likely to become endangered in the near future


The Indian cobra, also known as the spectacled cobra, Asian cobra, or binocellate cobra, is a species of the genus Naja found, in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan, and a member of the "big four" species that inflict the most snakebites on humans in India. It is distinct from the king cobra which belongs to the monotypic genus Ophiophagus. The Indian cobra is revered in Indian mythology and culture, and is often seen with snake charmers. It is now protected in India under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act (1972).

Average lifespan
Sex: female
Status: captivity
23.9 years

Ramirez, J. 2001. "Naja naja" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed November 10, 2020 at

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