Top 15 Most Venomous Cobras in the World

15 Species of cobra considered to be the most fatal and deadly.

Cobras are one of the most dreaded and feared animals in the world because they are very venomous and deadly. A cobra is any of a number of species of poisonous snakes of the family elapidae that belongs to the genera Naja, Ophiopagus or Hemachatus. Cobras generally inhabit tropical and desert regions of Asia and Africa.

Among the most notable attributes of the Cobra are their powerful venom and hood that can enlarge. Here are some notably poisonous species of cobra.

Philippine Cobra (N. philippinensis)

This stock species of cobra is a very toxic snake native to the Philippines. They can be found in the islands of Luzon, Mindoro, Catanduanes and Masbate. Its average length is 1.70 m. It is locally called “ulupong” in Tagalog. Drop by drop, the Northern Philippine Cobra has the most potent venom of all the species in the Naja family (cobra family).

Ashe’s Spitting Cobra (N. ashei)

Africa’s Naja ashei snake is not only one of the world’s newest snake species-it’s also the largest spitting cobra. This massive, aggressive, extremely venomous snake that can grow to more than 9 feet (274 centimeters) long-form a separate species.

Egyptian Cobra (N. haje)

It is commonly confused with the snouted cobra. The Egyptian cobra is the most common cobra in Africa and is responsible for many deaths there. Its range extends from the Sahara Desert to the Syrian Desert. The Egyptian cobra may grow to 5′-6′8” (1.5-2m) in length and specimens as long as 8 ft have been seen in some areas.

Red Spitting Cobra (Naja pallida)

This cobra is native to Africa. They can spit venom up to 2 m through tiny apertures in the fangs. They can grow from 70 to 120 cm (2½-4 ft) in length and can vary in color from red to gray. It is a terrestrial snake, and nocturnal.

The juveniles are easily recognized by having a dark black throat band. They are oviparous, laying up to 15 eggs in a burrow or in rotting vegetation. They are common in northeast Africa, (Nile valley, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia).

Mozambique Spitting Cobra (N. mossambica)

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46 Responses to “Top 15 Most Venomous Cobras in the World”
  1. eddiego65 Says...

    On September 22, 2008 at 7:32 am

    Amazing list of venomous cobras, bro.


  2. Karen N Says...

    On September 22, 2008 at 7:46 am

    Very interesting, I didn’t realize that there are so many different types of Cobras.


  3. Unofre Pili Says...

    On September 22, 2008 at 8:00 am

    They are very fatal, but are handsome guys. Thanks for the info bro..


  4. cobrako Says...

    On September 22, 2008 at 8:01 am

    nice ssssssssssssssshsss


  5. Glynis Smy Says...

    On September 22, 2008 at 8:03 am

    My husband enjoyed this article, very interesting.


  6. Lauren Axelrod Says...

    On September 22, 2008 at 8:17 am

    Cobras scare me to death. Actually, I can’t even handle garden snakes. Yikes! Great post Norbert.


  7. valli Says...

    On September 22, 2008 at 9:12 am

    These snakes make me scary.


  8. Bozsi Rose Says...

    On September 22, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Good article with nice pics. Snakes are scary.


  9. Juancav Says...

    On September 22, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Important list of cobras.


  10. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On September 22, 2008 at 11:06 am

    An interesting subject as always and beautiful pictures, great research about cobras. I didn’t know there were so many of them. Best wishes,Ruby


  11. Alexa Gates Says...

    On September 22, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    those are soo scary!


  12. tracy sardelli Says...

    On September 22, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Gosh i am so scared of snakes, LOL, but a great article, thank you Nobert.


  13. Moses Ingram Says...

    On September 22, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    This is a great article, but I’m glad I don’t live near any of these snakes.


  14. Darlene McFarlane Says...

    On September 22, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Very interesting article. I am not afraid of snakes but these guys are scary looking.


  15. Melody Arcamo Lagrimas Says...

    On September 22, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    They’re so scary, but I have to admit they look so grand and majestic too when they strike that distinct cobra pose :-) .


  16. Flort Van Vjatykler Says...

    On September 23, 2008 at 7:32 am

    The Indian one (black) is the scariest


  17. claris Says...

    On September 23, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    scary cobras


  18. RJ Chamberlain Says...

    On September 24, 2008 at 1:22 am

    Any snake that spits venom is freaky. Cool article and nice picks Nobert.


  19. swapna Says...

    On September 24, 2008 at 5:23 am

    scaring cobras….really nice


  20. BC Doan Says...

    On September 24, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    A great collection of cobras…scary though!


  21. Loreta Dorington Says...

    On September 24, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    I guess it’s okay to look at these cobra pictures, but I never wish to encounter them in real life. Nice article though. It is wise to know something about what scare you. Thanks.


  22. PR Mace Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    The photos and article are good but I just don’t like snakes. I opened our front door a few weeks ago and one was resting on our front porch. Thank goodness it wasn’t a cobra.


  23. jelly ace Says...

    On October 21, 2008 at 12:08 am

    they look so scary… sssssssssssss.


  24. Eden Emersen Says...

    On October 25, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    I missed this one the first time, but after seeing snakes at the zoo today, I had to check yours out. Did you have nightmares the night you researched this? I’m hoping I don’t tonight!


  25. larry lopez Says...

    On November 26, 2008 at 10:03 am

    When I was a young boy, a cobra chased us that even the carabao were riding run to the hilt.


  26. poptart234 Says...

    On December 9, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    i saw this color of a cobra, I saw one when i was a kid!


  27. thair khan Says...

    On January 7, 2009 at 8:31 am

    sir“` i want to infom you about the most dagrious cobra of the world “ i have seen him in araibian sea ,, while i was diving , when i have hav compalted my divingsaf st bbbbbbb


  28. Gugu Says...

    On January 16, 2009 at 6:38 am

    Thanks for the article. A Rinkhal was found in our estate an hour ago, and shot dead. I am petrified on snake, and the idea of having cobra roaming around freely in our yards is enough to give me palpitations. I wanted to know what to do if bitten by a Rinkhal.


  29. sam Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 4:04 am

    That’s a great article, I’m going to south-east asia soon, hopefully I won’t run in to any cobras :/

    There is one mistake though, the ‘poisonous’ label refers to something being toxic if you eat it (such as mushrooms or some frogs) whereas venomous refers to a toxin administered by the animal itself. None of these Cobras are actually poisonous.


  30. Brian Says...

    On April 3, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Ringhals is always to my knowledge spelt with a “s” on the end of the name. We used to keep them at boarding school in the 1960’s just outside of Johannesburg. With perserverance they eventually got reasonably tame – but it was a wonder none of us got bitten.


  31. nil Says...

    On April 9, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    its the 1st time anyone made this awesome!


  32. Dave Says...

    On April 25, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Frightens me,to see the philippine cobra is the most dangerous.I’m going to Palawan in january 2010…


  33. Matt Says...

    On June 1, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    We call the Philippine cobra “kamamalu” in the province of Pampanga. And it’s true, these cobras when totally pissed will chase people. I remember when I was a kid while we were all set for my uncle’s funeral procession, a group of men came carrying a lady bitten by this cobra. The hospital is miles away and they asked my father if we have any snake bite kit. Fortunately we did have one. My dad started the process and told the men to keep extracting the venom out with the pump while on their way to the hospital. The woman survived. Months later the woman saw my dad, bowed down and tried to kiss his feet as my embarrased father picked her up from the ground.


  34. Roger Says...

    On June 1, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    In the Philippines we often encounter these cobras on rice fields and rice paddies.


  35. georgie Says...

    On October 23, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    the black mamba is way scaryer


  36. Kieran Says...

    On December 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    i have a pet snake now its my best friend it looks like ringhal its scared of rabbits lol


  37. ezhil Says...

    On December 24, 2009 at 9:28 am

    i enjoyed a lot


  38. jessie bermosa Says...

    On August 20, 2010 at 6:26 am

    interesting i think im back in scholl


  39. raul Says...

    On October 22, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    i like the articles!!!!!!


  40. raulroliga Says...

    On October 22, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    do have articles and pictures on deadliest fish on earth?????? i love thnx!!!!


  41. Austin Says...

    On December 8, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Not to be rude, but actually the Indian Cobra is about nearing 10 in the most venomous snakes in the world. Also in conflict, some people say that the King Cobra is the poisonous snake in the world, but they are wrong. You are correct. Most Venomous snake in world is the Belcher’s Sea Snake.


  42. arpit mehta Says...

    On January 31, 2011 at 6:32 am

    i enjoyed a lot. i am crazy about snakes, thanks a lot nobert


  43. Tsinitoboy Says...

    On February 8, 2011 at 7:28 am

    In my place in Pampanga, the Philippine Cobra is known as “kamulalu” and the King Cobra as “wakamalu”.


  44. Irna Louw Says...

    On February 28, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I ambusy helping my 8yr old son with an english oral about the Cape Cobra. The info I gathered said that this species is the most venomous of all the cobras. Is this not true?


  45. nobert soloria bermosa Says...

    On March 1, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Cape Cobra is one of the most venomous but the most venomous cobra is the “Philippine Cobra (N. philippinensis)”…


  46. boomer Says...

    On September 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Nice list. Just one thing, the Rinkhals is not a true a true cobra. Hemachatus haemacatus is in a genus of its own. The King Cobra is an exception because its genus literally means ’snake eater’. This is because its diet mainly consists of other snake. The king really is in class of His own and is the only cobra not in the genus naja.


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