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The cobra is a venomous snake native to Africa and Asia. There are about 30 different species of cobra, with the King Cobra being the world's largest venomous snake. The cobra's habitat ranges from tropical rain forests and swamps to savannas and deserts. The name cobra is Portuguese for "snake with hood." Cobra's are most famous for this hood, which is created by elongated ribs that extend the loose skin of the neck behind the snake’s head. Cobras will raise the front part of their bodies and display their hood when threatened or disturbed. They will also make a hissing sound. Play the following videos to learn more about the cobra snake.