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The Beauty of Samar Cobras!

Discussion in 'Not So Spineless Wonders' started by Najakeeper, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. Najakeeper

    Najakeeper Arachnoprince

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    Well, I had to post a new topic about these guys. After my move to Switzerland and needed to get a permit, I had to decide which cobra species to keep due to space restrictions. Aside from the N.kaouthia morphs and the water cobras, I choose the Naja samarensis, the Samar Cobra.

    These animals come from the Samar Island in the Southern Philippines. Although they are true spitters, adults rarely do so and this is a nice spitter to work with. Also, their colors are so amazing, this just makes them the most beautiful Naja species in my opinion and they stay around 3ft range, less than a meter in most cases. The only problem with them is their 'attitude'. These guys are always angry and they do not take prisoners. Someone I know used to say that if they were 6 ft instead of 3, we would probably be all evolved from them :).

    Ok, here is my female, which is a whopping 1.3 meters, very large for this species:

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    And my male, which is much smaller:

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    And here is a feeding video:

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  2. The Snark

    The Snark هرج و مرج مهندس Old Timer

    The only word that comes to mind is sexy.
     
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  3. Najakeeper

    Najakeeper Arachnoprince

    They are, aren't they? A Mustang Cobra with same colors would be sexy! ;)
     
  4. ratluvr76

    ratluvr76 Arachnodemon

    Absolutely beautiful snakes. Do you breed them for sale? Do you milk them and sell them venom? Or do you just keep them because they interest you. Sorry for being nosy, I'm just curious lol. Truly beautiful. I'm a chicken though and could never keep hots. ;)
     
  5. freedumbdclxvi

    freedumbdclxvi Arachnoprince

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    I gotta agree - sexy is the best descriptor. And their intelligence just amazes me - the way the male tracked your every movement at the beginning of the video was awesome, in all of its meanings.
     
  6. Najakeeper

    Najakeeper Arachnoprince

    I keep them because they interest me. I will breed them as well but that's a part of my interest more than the potential financial benefit.

    I don't milk them because:

    -Stressful for the snake
    -Stressful and dangerous for the keeper
    -No lab will buy venom from me

    I am glad you guys like them. Samar cobras were in my list since 2003. I was in the US back than and there were only a few available with a price tag of 6k for a pair of babies! I am glad I live in a country where I can buy a full grown pair for less than a k.
     
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  7. freedumbdclxvi

    freedumbdclxvi Arachnoprince

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    You guys have some amazing reptiles over across the pond that are high ticket or impossible to get here in the states. (I am looking at you, albino African rock python.)
     
  8. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    Wow these are gorgeous!!!!! I didn't realize there was a cobra that was only a meter, let alone a small spitter.

    I'm actually surprised Switzerland lets people keep HOTS to be honest. My friend lives there and they don't even like when you flush the toilet after 10pm in apartments. And some apt bldg's have assigned laundry day. Seemed like a beautiful safe and somewhat quirky restrictive country in odd tiny ways.
     
  9. Najakeeper

    Najakeeper Arachnoprince

    You can own pretty much anything in this country if you obey the regulations, if you are persistent enough and patient enough. I have explained the permit process in another topic. It is time consuming and expensive but I think it is fair.
     
  10. The Snark

    The Snark هرج و مرج مهندس Old Timer

  11. Jus a little correction, Samar is in the eastern Philippines :)

    But yes of all the spitters, this sp. Is definitely on top. Not so spitty and not so long as most cobras sp. as well
     
  12. Najakeeper

    Najakeeper Arachnoprince

    Ah, my geography fails me again ;). More east than south for sure.
     
  13. klawfran3

    klawfran3 Arachnobaron

    at the 1:30 part when he turned to your hand, I jumped a little. one of the ballsiest things I've seen in a while. That is by far one of the most beautiful snakes I have seen. And yes, I agree. Sexy is a good describer!
     
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  14. Najakeeper

    Najakeeper Arachnoprince

    The Samar male looks so peaceful behind the glass... 2 seconds before he starts thrashing in the terrarium :) :

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  15. Najakeeper

    Najakeeper Arachnoprince

    Here is a macro of the female:

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  16. The Snark

    The Snark هرج و مرج مهندس Old Timer

    To my deranged thinking their heads look a lot like the grumpy O Hannah appearance.
     
  17. Nada

    Nada Arachnoknight

    I'm not usually a big fan of Hots, but these are stunning. Great pics, Great Vid.
     
  18. Najakeeper

    Najakeeper Arachnoprince

    Well, they are always grumpy. I am glad they are small, otherwise they won't be manageable. They keep chasing me...

    Thanks.
     
  19. Najakeeper

    Najakeeper Arachnoprince

    Man, these are grumpy. I had to take the male out for a routine cleaning and he refused to go into the temp. enclosure. Proceeded to chase me around etc. Finally, after the cage cleaning, this is his reaction:

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    Sorry for the quality as it is a cell phone photo...
     
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  20. Mike41793

    Mike41793 Arachnoknight

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    Never will own one but very beautiful animals! :)