Species Details

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False Cobra Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Pseudoxenodon macrops
Family : Colubridae
Order : Squamata
Class : Reptilia
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Large-eyed, False Cobra,Large-eyed Bamboo Snake, MockCobra
Habitat : Forested uplands
Description : False cobras are moderately sized, with adults reaching an average length of 1.2 to 1.5 meters (4 to 5 feet).
They have a slender body, flattened head, and large eyes with round pupils. The coloration varies from brown to black, with a distinctive black band around the neck. False cobras produce a potent venom that contains cytotoxins, which can cause severe tissue damage and necrosis. They are also known for their ability to spit venom, which they can spray accurately up to a distance of 2 meters (6.5 feet). False cobras are primarily nocturnal and usually active at dusk or during the night. They are generally shy and prefer to avoid confrontation, but they can become aggressive and defensive if they feel threatened or cornered.
False cobras feed primarily on rodents, lizards, and other small animals. They inhabit a wide range of habitats, including forests, grasslands, and agricultural areas. The false cobra is not currently listed as a threatened species, but habitat loss and fragmentation, as well as over-collection for the pet trade, are potential threats to its survival in some areas.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Hajbun Tasnim Preety,Department of Zoology,University of Dhaka ; information source:www.thainationalparks.com; photo credit:Aiki Yamada (www.inaturalist.org/people/Aiki Yamada), photo copyright: iNaturalist. more information please contact with us.