Herp of the day

Herp of the day: Rinkhals

Rinkhals, or the Ring Necked Spitting Cobra (Hemachatus haemachatus) is a venomous snake species from Africa.

Although it looks similar to a cobra, they are not, these spitting snakes can spray its venom up to 2.5 m. Its spitting mechanism is primitive and it has to rear up and fling its body forward to spray its venom. 

It is also known to fake death by rolling onto its back with its mouth agape. The rinkhals has a varied diet, its main prey is toads, but it also eats small mammals, amphibians, and other reptiles.