Cobras are carnivorous snakes and feed on other snakes, lizards, small mammals, birds and bird eggs. A cobra can eat almost any type of snake, including other venomous snakes. Cobras survive well on land, in the trees, and in the water, considering any small animal its prey.
The king cobra is one of the most venomous snakes in the world. Living mainly in India, China, and Southeast Asia, these snakes emit a venom that could kill an elephant. When a cobra attacks prey, it first strikes and injects venom and then swallows the prey whole. It can take days for a cobra to fully digest a meal, which allows it to go weeks between meals.
The throat of the cobra has specially designed spikes that help it to digest its food. The spikes work to pierce the prey as it moves through the throat. When a cobra swallows an egg, the spike breaks apart the shell, allowing the yolk and egg white to slide through the rest of the digestive system, and the shell is regurgitated.
The cobra captures its prey by feeling vibrations on the ground and scoping out what's causing the vibrations. Although it has a dangerous reputation, a cobra will avoid confrontations with people unless it feels threatened.Learn More
African rock pythons eat mostly land-based vertebrates. Their diet includes rats and other small mammals, although adults can take down larger animals, including antelopes. Rock pythons will also eat crocodiles and fish and may kill livestock and pets in areas where their range overlaps human habitation.Full Answer >
According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, there are only six species of venomous snakes in Florida. These species are the coral snake, three species of rattlesnakes (the Eastern diamondback rattlesnake, the timber rattlesnake and the dusky pygmy rattler), copperheads and cottonmouths (also called water moccasins).Full Answer >
Puerto Rican boas are constrictor snakes that grow as long as 9 feet and kill by suffocating prey with their bodies. They are the biggest snakes on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, a U.S. unincorporated territory. Puerto Rican boas eat small mammals, lizards, bats and birds. The snakes, a type of rainbow boa, are on the list of endangered species as of 2014.Full Answer >
A physical feature of a cobra is the distinctive hood used for territorial purposes, mating and attacking. When the hood is not in use, it is limp and pressed closely to the snake’s body. Though it serve no practical funtion, the hood displays aggression and is useful for courting.Full Answer >