Snakes are one of the most fascinating animals on the planet, and some of the most studied types of snakes are cobras. True cobras belong to the genus Naja and they are poisonous elapid snakes. Elapid snakes have permanently erect fangs in the front of their mouths, and cobras have also been known to raise their neck flaps when feeling threatened. True cobras can be found all over Africa, as well as in South Asia. Some of the more common true cobra species include the Banded Water Cobra, Chinese Cobra, Monocle Cobra, and Indian Cobra.
One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to cobras revolves around the King Cobra. Although king cobras are one of the most recognized species of snakes, they are not true cobras as they do not belong to the genus Naja. King cobras are the only member of the genus Ophiophagus and are native to South Asia. King cobras are the longest poisonous snakes in the world, reaching over 19 feet in length.
King Cobra venom is incredibly deadly, and in order to protect themselves from snakes, members of the Pakokku tribe in Myanmar tattoo themselves with ink mixed with snake venom. There are also traditional rituals performed all over Myanmar which usually involve a king cobra and a tattooed snake charmer.
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