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False Water Cobra

Range: Brazil and South America

Habitat: Fresh water areas, such as ponds and swamps. 

Natural Diet: Small mammals, birds, and lizards.  Believed to occasionally eat fish.

Diet at RainForest: Small pre-killed rodents and chicks.

Size: 60-84"

RainForest Facts: Having the ability to spread a "hood", this non-venomous snake is often mistaken for a true cobra.  As the name implies, this animal is fond of aquatic habitats and is generally found near a permanent source of fresh water. 

Status in Wild: Declining numbers primarily due to loss of habitat.  The false water cobra is killed by uninformed individuals who believe the snake is venomous.