Indian cobra (Naja naja)

Watercolor and colored pencil

The Indian Cobra, also known as Spectacled, Asian or Binocellate Cobra, is one of the “big 4” snake species that inflict the most bites on humans in India. It can be found in forests, savannahs and scrubland. It is a fascinating species, honoured in Indian culture, and is now protected under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act. It’s Latin name Naja is Sanskrit for cobra. For more about this species, visit Animal Diversity Web>>

Project: Commissioned for a collection of exemplar species pages during the launch phase of the Encyclopedia of Life ( whose goal is to provide information about every species on the planet.

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