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False Water Cobra

The False Water Cobra, Hydrodynastes gigas, is a venomous species found in South America. The common name (false water cobra) is an allusion to its ability to flatten its head, similar to a cobra as a defensive reaction to make it look larger and more intimidating. There are no subspecies of this particular snake.

Primarily a diurnal species, this is an extremely active and inquisitive species with an aggressive feeding response. This species of snake may exceed 9 feet in length.

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False Water Cobra