Brillenschlange from Schlangen und Schlangenfeinde.
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Original Caption: Fig. 16. Brillenschlange
It's a good idea to keep your distance from this snake! Most clearly identified by its famous hood, or the wide area of skin under its head, and the large "V" shape on its hood's back, the Spectacled Cobra, also known as the Indian or Asian cobra, is an aggressive snake that expands its hood when it feels threatened. In India, the Spectacled Cobra is one of four species of snakes that inflict the most bites on humans. This cobra can be found in many places too: moving swiftly on the ground, swimming in the water, or climbing trees. One unusual place you might recognize this cobra from is rising out of baskets and swaying to the sound of a snake charmer's flute. Though it may appear to be swaying to the music, the cobra is actual deaf and, therefore, can't hear the music. It can, however, sense vibrations created by the music and the tapping foot of the musician. Found in many Asian countries, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal, the Spectacled Cobra comes in many colors and sizes depending on its habitat. In most countries, the full-grown cobra measures between three and five feet. In Sri Lanka, some rare Spectacled Cobras have grown to as long as seven feet. That's taller than almost any adult!