joelsartore

Photo by joelsartore.

Red spitting cobras live in East Africa and get their name from their striking red coloration. They can spit venom almost 10 feet and are very good at aiming at eyes. They only spit when they feel threatened and will typically use this as a last option when encountered by a potential predator-- first hooding up to look bigger and then hissing loudly. They would much rather use their venom to subdue their prey, which in the wild are amphibians and rodents. Red spitting cobras are very shy snakes and spend most of their time hiding in burrows.
This cobra, photographed at the , is 10 years old and is quite defensive, like most cobras. Though he very rarely spits venom, he will sometimes spread his hood in a defensive posture.
The conservation status of red spitting cobras has not been widely evaluated, but they are often killed by humans who fear them and they are losing habitat to agriculture every day. The Saint Louis Zoo is an advocate for the conservation of snakes around the world and is actively working to ensure snake survival. Learn more about the by clicking the link in their bio!

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monique_1900
monique_1900 : les teksten ๐Ÿ˜ฑ
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
corsair_nads
corsair_nads : Look like
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
jackgarofalo
jackgarofalo : hehehehehe he ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
donnalori6
donnalori6 : beautiful creature,
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
_________hamed
_________hamed : Imagine being alone in a room with it...OMG!
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
sangruby
sangruby : Beautiful
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
adityablew
adityablew : Always stunning๐Ÿ˜
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
poppygets
poppygets : Hope you wore glasses
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
photographereyee
photographereyee : Wowow
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
segersdebra
segersdebra : Wow!!
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
suzannecharnes
suzannecharnes : I always marvel at the beauty of snakes, the texture of their skin...but I would completely freak out if I were to encounter one! โค๏ธ
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
jjchris___
jjchris___ : Tbh i would kill them too if i was a african farmer and that thing snekts around your house. Wonder how they're gonna combat it.
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
eric_cassell
eric_cassell : A Dornish snake.
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
jumpingbean13
jumpingbean13 : That's a scary nope rope
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
blissful.bitter
blissful.bitter : Wow
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
yadiec77
yadiec77 : Beautiful color! ๐Ÿ˜
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
waltzengram
waltzengram : What a bute
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
huangruishan86
huangruishan86 : To all animals, they only attack when they got threatened. Human are able to choose not to even when being bullyed. Even they know it may not solve the problem, at least left them a peace of mind that it may pass by. That's what I believe in before. But being strong is to take back the control we still can so that we can move on in out lifes.
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
corneliaahh
corneliaahh : ๐Ÿ˜ฑ
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
amazonblue99
amazonblue99 : How in the world did you photograph it?
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
pixnbooks
pixnbooks : Really a beautiful creature. Lovely photo of the curves!
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
catharinacunha
catharinacunha : achei desreispeitoso kkkkkkkkk
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
sharks_r_friends_too
sharks_r_friends_too : โคโคโคโค
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
missywestonb
missywestonb : He is beautiful โฃ๏ธ
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
graciebean135
graciebean135 : That is a beautiful snake!
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
reset_with_sisterfit
reset_with_sisterfit : Ignorance concerning snakes makes me very sad. They are beautiful and most of them are very shy.
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
connvex
connvex : Beautiful snakey boi
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
kathryncookhernandez
kathryncookhernandez : Impressive
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
willing_to_be_a_photographer
willing_to_be_a_photographer : Oow
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
willing_to_be_a_photographer
willing_to_be_a_photographer : I hve never heard about a red splitting cobra.. that looks.. impressive..And beautiful... But dangerous
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
oliver_and_franklin
oliver_and_franklin : Beautiful snake. Spitting venom 10 feet? Awesome.
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
adriennecaldwellme
adriennecaldwellme : Yes. Thank God the live eating of reptiles exhibit was cancelled at the
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
mistermoviebuff
mistermoviebuff : Wow ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปโšก๏ธ
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
dynia8428
dynia8428 : Xfgggvx c.f.D.C.
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
estheralsri_83
estheralsri_83 : OMG ...remarkable shot ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
atheris_lover
atheris_lover : I wish you lit the animal better. I generally love all of your work
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
dunn7011
dunn7011 : I like because you explained, very interesting the snake you wasn't just looking at a snake you got us involved,Thank You
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
sylviavn0
sylviavn0 :
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
sib33l
sib33l : yฤฑlaaaan korktunmuuuuu๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
yvetteribbersphotography
yvetteribbersphotography : Naja pallida, right? They're so beautiful!
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
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