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

Family:
Pythonidae
Diet:
Fish, small rodents, small reptiles, and amphibians
Life Span:
12 to 20 years
Distribution:
South America
Habitat:
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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