| "Due to its scarce population in the Thai jungle, the rare Cobra Snakehead or Channa marulius is the ultimate dream for any snakehead lure angler. It is the catch of a lifetime. Only a very few lure anglers have succeeded in their quest of hooking and landing this unique fish. The chance to catch a Cobra requires not only luck, but considerable fishing skills as well. Specifically, perfect casting accuracy and lure presentation are required to tempt this species that inhabits an underwater jungle full of snags and obstacles.
Material published by the Thai Fisheries Department states that the true English name given to the Channa marulius is, in fact, Great Snakehead. Due to its long and thin reptilian body and its cobra-like head, the Thai people call that fish "Pla Chon Gnu Hao" in their language. That is why any local angler referring to this fish in English uses the name of “Cobra snakehead” rather than “Great Snakehead”.
The Cobra Snakehead has red eyes and is a golden hued brown to pale gray in younger fish. Older fish are generally dark brown with large black blotches. The most distinctive marking is a black spot rimmed with orange, near the base of the tail fin. This is known as an eye-spot or ocellus."
Jean-Francois Helias, author
(extract from The Amazing Tale of the Cobra Snakehead !)