Meet Our Animals > False Water Cobra
Quick Facts
Native to Southern Brazil, Eastern Bolivia, Paraguay, Northern Argentina
Primary Diet Amphibians and other reptiles, birds, and mammals found in wetland habitats
Adult Weight 10 pounds
Lifespan 12 to 20 years
Status Stable

False Water Cobra

This species is named for its ability to flatten its neck to appear larger, giving the appearance of a cobra. However, unlike a true cobra, the false water cobra doesn’t prop itself up vertically but maintains a horizontal position. They hunt by grabbing and partially coiling their bodies around prey, then swallowing it live.


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