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?
False water cobra are a rear-fanged venomous snake, but the venom is not thought to be very dangerous to humans.

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