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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 . 4   Naja sputatrix  -  Southern Indonesian Spitting Cobra

(Javan Spitting Cobra)

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     For many years, other species of Cobras, especially N. siamensis, were imported into America as N. sputatrix. We've seen many Black and White Indochinese Spitting Cobras (Naja siamensis) advertised as N. sputatrix at shows and in classifieds online. Again, if it is NOT blatantly obvious what the specie of snake is, do the scale counts.

     We've kept 2.2 normal dark brown phase of these in the past. Fairly calm, but some spit more than others.  Naja sputatrix were once readily available for sale in the classifieds, but as of late, I have not seen many.  The normal male, which we picked up on 10/14/08, being the first one we've kept in a long while.

     The 1.1 CB'09 sputatrix, which we received on March 13, 2010, are a white with brown speckling morph of this specie. We have seen great variety in these specimens.  Most are/should be white, usually with brown on their head and varying degrees of brown speckling on their bodies. They also have dark eyes as opposed to red eyes that you would see in an albino morph. We have seen a couple blue/gray color morphs of this specie, whose body has a sort of fishnet look to it. We am not sure exactly what the reason is for the color, but it seems they become more and more speckled as they age. One of these was almost pure white when we got it.

     Now that we have produced them in captivity, we see some hatchlings are completely pink, and some have dark areas on their hood or neck. The ones with the dark markings, have already started to show some speckling at almost 2 months of age.

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

Pattern & Color:

Javan adults usually uniform yellowish, brown or blackish; juveniles often have throat band and lateral throat spots, sometimes a hood mark, which is most often chevron-shaped, rarely mask-, spectacle-, horseshoe- or O-shaped.

Specimens from the Lesser Sunda Islands usually medium or light brown, with lighter scale bases; throat band and heart-shaped hood mark persist into adulthood.

 

Scalation:

Around Hood - 19 - 28

Mid-body - 18 - 21  Javan specimens have more scale rows than Lesser Sunda specimens

Before Vent - 15 - 17

Ventral - 162 - 183

Sub-caudal - 42 - 54  normally all divided.

Size:

Up to 150 cm, rarely more.

Distribution:

Southern Indonesia: Java, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Komodo, Flores, Lomblen, Alor, possibly other islands in the group. The occurrence of this species on Timor and Sulawesi requires confirmation.

Taxonomic comment:

Practically all Asiatic spitting cobras were at some point or another known as Naja naja sputatrix or Naja sputatrix, especially N. sumatrana and N. siamensis. Differs from N. sumatrana in having a more or less uniform throat (boldly patterned or at least marbled in N. sumatrana) and almost always fewer ventral scales. Differs from N. siamensis in lacking a conspicuous pattern.

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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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