Monocled cobras are found from India in the west through to China, Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as on the Malay Peninsula and are native to Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Nepal, and Thailand. They prefer habitats associated with water, such as paddy fields, swamps, and mangroves, but can also be found in grasslands, shrublands, and forests.
The monocled cobra gets it common name from the O-shaped, or monocellate hood pattern on the rear of its hood. It’s distinct to that of the Indian cobra or spectacled cobra which has a “spectacle” pattern, formed by the two circular ocelli connected by a curved line.
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Photo taken at Taronga Zoo, Sydney.