The hatching of Indian cobras in the San Diego Zoo's Reptile House made headlines in 1946, for they and their predecessor, hatched here in 1944, were the first zoo-bred cobras to hatch in the US. Only two of the eight eggs laid in 1944 hatched, but all of the nine eggs in the 1946 clutch yielded perfect and very much alive miniatures of their parents, which were imported from India in 1940. An African cobra, received at the Zoo in 1928, held a record for length of life of captive cobras at that time.
Today, the San Diego Zoo has Sri Lankan spectacled cobras, a red spitting cobra, and a king cobra in its collection. Some of these snakes can be seen in the Zoo’s popular Reptile House.