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PostSubject: First Cobra   Mon 2 Dec - 3:39

Hi guys,

Looking into getting my first cobra. It will be my first elapid. The only venomous snakes I have are kept rattlers and Copperheads. So I want to make the right choice for my first elapid. I have narrowed it down to Naja Siamensis, Naja naja or Naja Pallida. What do you think of these three as first cobras? Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: First Cobra   Wed 4 Dec - 19:51

first of al, try to find a person how has Naja sp. (and a lot of experians with them) and go there to learn from him/her and to watch how cobra's behave an move.

that will help you to understand this genus and if you are aloud to work with them you can concider if you are actually ready, because Agkistrodon and Crotalus are complitly different compaird to Naja's.

N. siamensis can realy be a handfull and they spit
N. naja grows realy big, maybe to big for a first cobra
N. pallida, a spitter but most of them I have seen where not to bad.

Al cobra's of all species can differ so much that it wil come down to your ability to deal with the worst case.
My advice, look up a realy defensive cobra (N. samarensis for example), look at it for an hour or so and think about it if you realy want something like that in your house for caretaking.

I started with N. atra, they don't grow big, are defensive so you learn to work with that, whitch is nice because you can never know what to expect from a cobra when you buy it. with this I mean that if you start with calm specimen (whitch can happen in any case) you won't learn much from that, if you buy a mate for your first cobra after a while and that specimen turns out realy bad in behavior... well good luck.

This is my opinion, but others may think different.
So it would be nice too hear from more people.
But there has bin a lot of writting about this subject, so take your time and read a lot in the cobra thread Wink
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PostSubject: Re: First Cobra   Fri 6 Dec - 7:38

I'd get a non spitting baby and learn it as it grows. They can be quite intimidating with the hooding, hissing, and charging but if you have a proper hot room with decent amount of space to evade an aggressive, fast attack you should be ok. It would also be a good idea to get your hands on like 10 vials of the appropriate antivenin. Most importantly enjoy Smile it would not be good if you got a snake you didn't enjoy.
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PostSubject: Re: First Cobra   Thu 12 Dec - 6:52

Thanks for your replies. Still cant make up my mind lol I have also been looking at Aspidelaps lubricus as from what Ive read make a good first elapid.
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