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Posted by Chance on October 07, 2002 at 14:25:13:
In Reply to: Love at first sight... posted by coffeeman on October 07, 2002 at 12:13:32:
:I'm still a few years away from owning hots, and even a few more away from owning elapids, but I still want to know if this is typical of mozambiques, or spitters in general?
Most likely this cobra has just been very numbed to human contact. I have a monocled cobra that is a venomoid (though she certainly wasn't supposed to be) that has the most awesome temperament. However, my other two intact monocleds are nightmares. My two baby blacknecked spitters are both in tact and rather docile, however they are very flighty and will get hissy and hood sometimes, and could certainly do some damage. My little black and white spitter is probably one of my more dangerous cobras, as he's very quick to hood and lunge. I've never handled mozambiques myself, but from what I've heard and just seeing cobras and getting a general idea about them, their temperaments all vary so widely that you can't make generalizations. It would be dangerously foolish for you or anyone to assume that all Mozambiques are docile from your experiences with that one venomoid. Though I'm sure you wouldn't get an intact snake and handle it like you do that venomoid. From what I've noticed, venomoid snakes seem to almost know that they are defenseless (elapids anyway) and therefore don't really try much of anything. My monocled will sometimes hiss and hood, but she never strikes. Just whatever you do, don't become complacent.