Species: Northern Raza Cobra
Birthday: Monday, June 20, 2011
This small snake has beautiful markings on its head, and a long pronged tail to match its tongue. It is still small enough to wrap around your wrist, though it seems to be growing daily. Raza cobras are born with their venom glands already functional, allowing the small hatchlings to protect themselves from predators. They must be taught at a young age not to bite, even in play, and must quickly learn their own strength, as they can wrap around a thing and crush it very easily. Because of their diminutive size, these younglings are able to travel with ease, and it is common that they are found around someone's wrist, much like a living bracelet.
There are many different serpents who make their homes in the Jungle of Raza, and most are to be feared. There are some, however, that make these common snakes look almost harmless. Raza cobras possess some of the most poisonous venom known, able to incapacitate even a magi in mere seconds. These snakes will lie in wait, hidden in some branch, and attack when their prey is unaware. If one can manage to avoid their terrible bite, there is still their hypnotizing gaze and powerful constrictions to escape. If the cobra catches their meal, it will then begin the lengthy process of swallowing the victim whole. This can take several hours and leaves the snake relatively vulnerable. It is at this point when a magi is most able to locate the snake's nest and take an egg, if there is one. This is such a difficult task that only a few magi dare to try, and so most cobra companions in The Keep have been purchased from these brave magi. When residing at The Keep, Raza cobras are great friends with the basilisks, despite the clear size difference. Magically warmed rocks and caves make for comfortable homes, and companion cobras seem to enjoy working alongside humans.