Cobra Lesson for Kids: Facts & Habitat

Instructor: Rebecca Gillaspy

Dr. Gillaspy has taught health science at University of Phoenix and Ashford University and has a degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Cobras are venomous snakes that live in hot areas. Learn about cobras in this lesson, including what they eat and how they make themselves look big and scary.

Understanding Cobras and Their Diet

What drink did the cobra order at the restaurant? Miced tea! Cobras love the taste of mice and rats and hunt for these small animals using their very good sense of smell.

Cobras are venomous snakes that live in hot, tropical areas of the world. Venomous snakes produce a poisonous substance called venom that they use to kill prey or predators.

This cobra is showing its forked tongue.

Cobras have forked tongues that they flick in and out of their mouths when they hunt for food. Their tongue picks up smells and carries them inside their mouth to a special smelling organ called the Jacobson's organ. This organ helps them find their prey.

When they find a rodent or another tasty meal, like a rabbit, bird, frog, lizard or another snake, they stop the animal with their venomous bite. However, some cobras are called spitting cobras because they can spray venom out of small holes in the front of their fangs. This flying venom can hit a target four to eight feet away!

What is the Cobra's Habitat?

There are different species of cobras, including the Indian cobra, which is from the country of India; the Egyptian cobra, which is one of the most common cobras in Africa; and the king cobra that can grow to be more than 18 feet long.

You don't have to worry about running into a cobra if you live in the United States, though. As we learned earlier, cobras prefer hot, tropical parts of the world, such as Africa, Asia, and Australia.

This cobra is slithering on the ground.

Cobras can be found in different habitats, which include grassy plains, open woodlands, and rocky hillsides. Some cobras, such as the king cobra, can climb trees, slither on land, and swim in the water.

What do Cobras Look Like?

Cobras vary in color depending on the species. Some cobras are covered in dark brown or black scales, while others are yellowish-white in color.

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