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PostSubject: Spitting Cobras   Thu 31 Oct - 17:32

Do spitting cobras tend to spit first before they try to bite? Or will they use both in different situations?
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PostSubject: Re: Spitting Cobras   Thu 31 Oct - 19:23

The ones we kept (N. nigricollis, N. pallida, Hemachatus haemachatus) always spat first before they tried to bite. Naja siamensis, although classified as a spitter, never spat in the many years we had them.
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PostSubject: Re: Spitting Cobras   Fri 1 Nov - 18:12

I have siamensis and they bite and spit all over the place. Once they are agitated they go crazy untill you leave the room.. A lot of venom on the glass!
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PostSubject: Re: Spitting Cobras   Fri 1 Nov - 18:44

Ok so it sounds like they all act differently. Thanks for the replies.
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PostSubject: Re: Spitting Cobras   Sun 3 Nov - 3:41

I keep
Naja siamensis - don't spit
Naja samarensis - never spit
Naja nigricincta - don't spit
Hemachatus haemachatus - some don't spit and some spit very much
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PostSubject: Re: Spitting Cobras   Sun 3 Nov - 4:19

from my experience:
-N. Siamensis are snap happy but spit only if they are surprised(so rarely!). But spits anyway the guy that sold them to me never known that siamensis are spitters, so he never used eye protection.
-N. pallida starts spitting the body still in the eggs if you surprise them...so fresh WC adult spit a lot, but most of them calm down very fast(not all!)
-N. nubiae spits a lot but like pallida calm themselves very fast
-N. nigricollis spits even without hooding!
-N. Atra are snap happy like siamensis but spit more regulary if they are very pissed off!
as guide i tend ton consider asian spitters as casual spitters but very "snap happy" in berserk mode, and african spitters as true spitters, but it's not a rule and i don't adapt my handling technique to that, because there's always exceptions!
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PostSubject: Re: Spitting Cobras   Sun 22 Dec - 18:20

My Naja.Siamensis spitted to my left eye when it arrived my home first time,lucky I am bespectacled at that time.After that it never spit again
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PostSubject: Re: Spitting Cobras   Sat 11 Jan - 21:48

I've kept nigricollis, mossambica, siamensis, Hemachatus haemachatus and I've worked with Naja atra. The siamensis and atra didn't spit at all, but hood and hiss impressively when agitated. The haemachatus and nigricollis only spat for the first few days after arriving. The mossambica, however, spit readily and sometimes in quick succession.

They all seem to have some defensive tactic prior to biting (what they do isn't very specific to the species but rather the individual snake) but all would bite readily if other methods don't work.
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PostSubject: Re: Spitting Cobras   Sun 12 Jan - 7:14

I had Naja pallida and never got sprayed once however protection is always a must as theres always a first time for everything.
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