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     All animals pictured on this page are in our collection, and owned by us. The photos were taken by us, unless otherwise labeled. We are still looking specimens of Naja philippinensis, and extra specimens of species we already have. If you have something for sale, please contact us, at the link above.

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              5 . 5  Naja oxiana  -  Central Asian Cobra

                    (North Indian Cobra, Oxus Cobra, Russian Cobra)

CB'02 Male

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CB'99 Female

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CB'08 Female

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CB'08 Male

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CB'08 Male

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CB'08 Female

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CB'12 Female

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CB'12 Male

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CB'14 Male

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CB'14 Female

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     These are not the prettiest Cobras when they are adults, but as babies they are spectacular, and full of attitude which they retain into adulthood. Central Asian Cobras are pretty rare nowadays, but used to be fairly common especially in Europe. I think their attitude ranks them up there with the best of the Naja species. Many Naja species as well as other species of snakes calm down after a while in captivity.  Not these guys. They like to show off and will stand up for long periods as the adult male above.  He stood up there for many photos.

     We purchased our first Central Asian Cobra, the CB'02 male, when he was a new hatchling, on 03/11/03. No females were available at that time, nor did we see any for sale for the next 2 years. Finally someone advertised a reverse trio, but they wouldn't sell the female alone.  Almost 4 years after acquiring the male, a buddy acquired a female and sold her to us on 11/07/06. Turns out, she is the same female that was advertised in the reverse trio.

     We bred these for the first time in 2008. They tied up on 03/15 and 03/21. She laid 8 eggs on 05/02/08, but only 4 eggs were viable. We incubated them, and 63 days later the 4 eggs hatched and the ratio was 2.2. They weren't the easiest hatchlings to get eating, but not the worst either. The four babies were eating good after a month, and grew fast. Both 2008 females produced their first clutches in 2012.

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          The adult pair did not breed in 2009 or 2010, but they did breed in 2011.  But once again, there were many infertile eggs. She laid 11 eggs on 04/08/11, but only 5 are good. This year we cooled them for 1 1/2 months, 15 days longer than in 2008, but that didn't seem to have any effect on the ratio of good and bad eggs. The eggs are incubating at 80 - 82 deg., (26.6 - 27.7 C).

 

..........ID.#.......... ..Around.Neck.. ....Midbody.... ..Before.Vent.. .....Ventral..... ..Subcaudal..
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Oxi-002-02-F 24 21 15 202 61

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23 21 16 197 64
Oxi-004-08-M 23 21 16 202 59
Oxi-005-08-M 24 21 16 200 65
Oxi-006-08-F 23 21 15 202 60
Oxi-008-12-F 23 21 15 201 55
Oxi-009-12-M 25 21 15 200 66
Oxi-010-14-M . . . . .

Oxi-011-14-F

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Most of the information below was taken from the website: Asiatic Naja by Wolfgang Wuster

Pattern & Color:

Juveniles are very pale, with a faded appearance, with conspicuous dark and light cross-bands of approximately equal width around body; adults are uniformly light to chocolate brown or yellowish, some retain traces of juvenile banding, especially the first few dark ventral bands; no hood mark, no lateral throat spots.

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Scalation:

Around Hood - 23 - 27   Usually 25

Mid-body - 19 - 23   Usually 21

Before Vent - 15 - 16

Ventral - 191 - 210

Sub-caudal - 57 - 71  Paired

Cuneates often absent

Size:

100-150 cm, rarely more.

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Distribution:

Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tadzhikistan, NE Iran, northern and eastern Afghanistan, northern half of Pakistan, Kashmir, E to Himachal Pradesh (India).

Taxonomic comment:

Naja naja specimens without a hood mark are often confused with N. oxiana, especially in Pakistan and northern India. Naja oxiana is never fully black, although some specimens may be quite dark. Also, N. oxiana normally has several dark bands under the throat, whereas in black N. naja from Pakistan, almost the entire throat is black.

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Some of the information on this page may have been copied from the publications below.

WCH Clinical Toxinology Resources

The University of Adelaide, Australia

http://www.toxinology.com/

The Snakes of Thailand and Their Husbandry

by Merel J. Cox

Handbook To The Dangerously Venomous Snakes Of Myanmar

by Alan E. Leviton, George R. Zug, Jens V. Vindum, and Guinevere O.U. Wogan

Venomous Snakes: Snakes in the Terrarium

by Ludwig Trutnau

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