False Water Cobra

The false water cobra is a neotropical species inhabiting southern Brazil, eastern Bolivia, Paraguay, and northern Argentina

The snake's name stems from its habit of flattening the ribs in its neck to form a cobra-like hood when threatened. This increases its apparent size in an effort to appear more intimidating.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Fish, small rodents, small reptiles, and amphibians
Life Span:
12 to 20 years
South America
Wet, humid areas and marshlands with tropical rainforests
Did you know?
Although regarded only as "mildly venomous", the False Water Cobra's venom has potency similar to that of a rattlesnake. The mild impact of its bite is due to the smaller venom quantities and a less effective delivery mechanism

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