Saturday, December 8, 2007

New Species of Cobra Found in East Africa

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A new species of giant spitting cobra, measuring nearly nine feet and possessing enough venom to kill at least 15 people, has been discovered in Kenya, a conservation group said on Friday.
Wow! Is this cool or what? I've seen cobra's three times; a Chinese cobra in Taiwan, another Chinese cobra in Hong Kong (that slid over my right foot), and a Siamese cobra in a rainforest in southern Thailand. None of them did the expanded hood display that king cobra's are so well known for. Still it was one hell of a rush to see them each time.

And to think that there are people who would want to eliminate these magnificent beasts solely because of the "threat" posed by their venom. People rarely consider that humans with their bulldozers and clubs are a much larger threat to the armless and legless snake than the snake will ever be to humans.

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