Cobra Snakehead (Channa marulius)

Channa marulius is known as Cobra snakehead because of its resemblance to the Cobra. Its name in Thai Plah Chon gnu hao translated literally means cobra snakehead.


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Actinopterygii
  • Order: Perciformes
  • Family: Channidae
  • Genus: Channa
  • Species: Channa marulius
Common names: Cobra Snakehead, Great Snakehead, Bulls Eye Snakehead Thai name: Plah Chon gnu hao (ช่อนงูเห่า) Thailand status: Native Max size: 30kg (66lb) Diet: Fish, Frogs, Birds, Crustaceans, Worms Habitat: Freshwater

 The Cobra Snakehead has dark eyes, a dipped snakelike head with jutting bottom jaw and is brown/gold-tinted to pale gray to dark brown with large black blotches. It has a distinctive marking which is the black spot rimmed with orange near the base of the tail fin, known as an eyespot or ocellus. (Channa marulius) has become one of the most studied of the snakehead family mainly because it has been found inhabiting canals in Florida where it is considered vermin because it is not a native species. There has been extensive research on its mating habits unlike the giant snakehead and others where their activity in natural habitat has been rarely studied with much accuracy.