Chapter Two: Life as a Cobra

Martin, James
January 1995
Spitting Cobras of Africa;1995, p18
Book Chapter
The chapter describes cobras, which are cold-blooded, have a single lung, and no eyelids. They can go for long periods without food. Cobras smell with their forked tongues and mouths. The scales that grow into large plates on the bottom of the snakes help them move. Different spitting cobras have different eating habits, but they usually eat small animals or eggs. Cobras lay eggs that develop into snakes in eight to ten weeks.


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