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acrylic on illustration board 10" x 8"
  Found throughout the Indian subcontinent from Nepal and Bangladesh through Sri Lanka, the Indian, or Spectacled Cobra (Naja naja) exploits a variety of habitats, from deep forest to savanna. Because it thrives in agricultural areas, it has a long and complex relationship with humans. Despite its being the cause of many human deaths, it is revered in both Hindu and Buddhist traditions. It is the standard species used by snake charmers. The female lays ten to twenty eggs in a protected spot, and, in typical cobra fashion, guards them until they hatch.