SNAKES

Animal Scene - - ANIMAL APPEAL -

Like mon­i­tor lizards, snakes pri­mar­ily come out dur­ing the rain to hunt for food. Un­for­tu­nately for frogs who come out in droves dur­ing the mon­soon sea­son, they not only at­tract mates but also preda­tors like snakes.

One na­tive species of snake that thrives in heavy rain­fall is the Philip­pine Co­bra. They are ex­tremely fond of wa­ter and can be found near ponds and rivers as they pre­fer to dwell in man­grove swamps and rain­forests. These preda­tors mostly feed on mice and frogs and some­times other snakes, small mammals, and small birds.

Due to the hunt­ing and trap­ping of the Philip­pine Co­bra for the ex­otic food trade, pet trade, and also for anti-venom pro­duc­tion, they have been red-listed by the IUCN as a Threat­ened Species since 2007.

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