These are the first Indochinese spitting cobras hatched at the Cincinnati Zoo. The X was placed on the shell after each egg was checked for viability. Wild populations of Indochinese spitting cobras have declined by 50% over the past 20 years.
The babies can spit venom up to 2 feet while the adults can spit up to 10 feet. The venom of the babies is just as potent as the adults. The eggs are not hard like a bird egg making it easier for them to hatch. They have an egg tooth that is used to break through the egg. Some of the babies will stay here and others will be sent to other AZA accredited institutions.