Egyptian cobra

species of reptile

The Egyptian cobra (naja haje) is a type of poisonous cobra. It was worshiped by the Ancient Egyptians. It lives in both North Africa and Southwestern Asia. It is one of the most venomous snakes in the world. Egyptian cobras can grow up to 5 feet or 6 feet, 8 inches (1.5–2 m) and have been seen as large as 8 feet in some areas. Recently, a man was sentenced to a year in jail and a fine of $17,000 for owning an Egyptian cobra.[3] Small symbols of Egyptian cobras were included in the crown of the pharaohs.

Egyptian cobra
Naja haje (1).jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Naja
Subgenus: Uraeus
Species:
N. haje
Binomial name
Naja haje
Egyptian cobra range.svg
  Distribution of the Egyptian cobra
Synonyms[2]
  • Coluber haje
    Linnaeus, 1758
  • Vipera haje
    Daudin, 1803
  • Naja haje
    Merrem, 1820

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Naje haje haje". ITIS Standard Report Page. ITIS.gov. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  2. "Naja haje ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  3. "Owner of deadly cobra jailed, fined $17,000"