False water cobra

False water cobra Introduction

The false water cobra is a species of rear fanged venomous snakes located in south American flood plains. The false water cobras have other names such as,  false cobra, South American water cobra and the Brazilian smooth snake. It is often referred to within the reptile hobby more simply as either a “falsy” or “falsie” or a “FWC”, which is an abbreviation of the common name false water cobra. It is a large colubrid that may exceed 3 m (9 to 10 ft) in total length (including tail) when adult.  However most false water cobras reach approximately 2 m (6 to 7 ft) in total length. It is of medium body, and is therefore neither particularly heavy nor slender-bodied, but is one of the heaviest colubrid species when full adult size is attained. The false water cobra has large eyes with circular pupils, allowing good daytime vision. The tongue is black, and of the typical snake fashion. The background colour of a mature specimen is an olive green or brown, with dark spots and bands covering much of its body. It is a very active and Inquisitive snake, which will spend much of the day climbing, burrowing and even swimming. Their temperaments can vary considerably between specimens; some are very docile and reluctant to bite, whilst others are very defensive and even aggressive or intimidating.

Keywords to learn

Attain: Reach (a specified age, size, or amount)

Inquisitive: Having or showing an interest in learning things; curious



About Me

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Key Data

  • Order:
  • Lifespan:
    12-17 years.
  • Class:
  • Scientific Name:
    Hydrodynastes gigas.
  • Mass:
    10 pounds.
  • Length:
    8 feet.
  • Region found:
    Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina.
  • Population Status:
    Not evaluated.
  • Current population trend:
  • Diet:
    • Sexual maturity:


As you have just learned, False water cobras are known for their amazing ability to mimic a cobra and are docile snakes and are great pets!!


Now that you know more about the False water cobra by learning the key data above, be sure also to check out the fun facts. When you are finished learning the facts, try answering the questions in the Q&A corner on the bottom right side of the page.



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Cobra Fun Facts for Kids

  • # 1. False water cobra are venomous but it is very mild ans can not kill a human.
  • # 2. Because their venom is so weak the False water cobra more relies on the mechanical bite and the force of the bite to kill their prey.
  • # 3. False water cobras are rear-fanged meaning their fangs are in the back of their mouth and are retractable unlike cobras and other snakes that have fixed fang in the front of their mouths.
  • # 4.  False water cobras get their name because they have the ability to flatten their neck to mimic a cobras behavior and scare off predators.
  • # 5.  In the wild False water cobras will eat fish and other marine live but in captivity they can be fed rodents and they will still thrive.

Q&A Corner

# 1.  Name one other thing False water cobras are called?


# 2.  What is the average lifespan of the False water cobra?


# 3. What is the diet of the False water cobra?


# 4. What does rear-fanged venomous mean?


# 5. How does the False water cobra get it name?


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