"another unnerving incident, involving a cobra"

Indian Cobra
Creative Commons AttributionIndian Cobra - Credit: Kamalnv
The cobra is a venomous snake of the family Elapidae.  There are many types of cobra, including the Indian Cobra (Naja naja). It feeds on prey such as rodents, frogs and lizards and attacks by biting or spitting venom.  The Indian Cobra may grow from 1.8-2.2m long.

Indian Cobra factsheet