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Do spitting cobras really "spit" venom?

Technically, no, they spray it. A muscular contraction pushes venom from the bottom of the cobra's fangs, while air expelled from the cobra's lung blows or sprays the venom at its intended victim.

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Help rescue India's most notorious snakescobras, vipers, and giant pythonsfrom frightened villagers, crooked snake charmers and devious poachers.

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