False Water Cobra

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Monday 4th November


Hydrodynastes gigas is a New World species of large, rear-fangedcolubrid snake endemic to South America. It is commonly and alternatively known as the false water cobra and the Brazilian smooth snakeThe false water cobra is so named because when the snake is threatened it “hoods” as a true cobra (Naja species) does. However, unlike a true cobra, it does not rear up, but remains in a horizontal position. There are no subspecies which are currently recognized as being valid. [Credit: Wikipedia]