5 Interesting Facts About Mozambique Spitting Cobras

This is a Mozambique spitting cobra showing off his skills

I like reptiles and one of my favourite snakes is the Mozambique spitting cobra.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. When it feels scared, this snake is able to raise itself up, spread its hood and spit venom at its enemy with a range of up to 3 metres.  When they spit, the move their head from side to side to spread the poison out, aiming for the eyes and causing blindness.
  2. They are the smallest species of cobra.  The average length is about 3 feet long, although they can grow to up to 5 feet.
  3. Mozambique spitting cobras eat small mammals, frogs, birds, insects and other snakes.
  4. They lay between 10-22 eggs when they breed and their babies are about 25 cm long when they hatch.
  5. Despite their name, they don’t just live in Mozambique, but in other African countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Swaziland and Botswana.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Mozambique spitting cobras?

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