I like reptiles and one of my favourite snakes is the Mozambique spitting cobra.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- 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.
- They are the smallest species of cobra. The average length is about 3 feet long, although they can grow to up to 5 feet.
- Mozambique spitting cobras eat small mammals, frogs, birds, insects and other snakes.
- They lay between 10-22 eggs when they breed and their babies are about 25 cm long when they hatch.
- 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?