Monocled Cobra

Naja kaouthia

Monocled Cobra was formerly thought to be a southeast Asian subspecies of the Spectacled Cobra but is now regarded as a species in its own right. It is easily identified by the circular marking on the back of its hood from which it derives its English name.

The highly toxic venom of the Monocled Cobra is considered to be one of the fastest acting snake venoms in the world and fatalities can occur in less than an hour after receiving a bite. This, coupled with an aggressive temperament and a tendency to deliver a bite on the first defensive strike, make this the deadliest snake in Thailand.

All of the photos shown above are of a captive individual photographed in a studio setting.