According to hadith Muhammad (PBUH) asked us to kill the snake with two white lines on it's back.

Narrated 'Aisha: The Prophet said, "Kill the snake with two white lines on its back, for it blinds the on-looker and causes abortion."

Sahih Buckari Book 54, Hadith 527

Narrated Ibn Umar: That he heard the Prophet delivering a sermon on the pulpit saying, "Kill snakes and kill Dhu-at-Tufyatain (i.e. a snake with two white lines on its back) and ALBATROSS (i.e. a snake with short or mutilated tail) for they destroy the sight of one's eyes and bring about abortion." ('Abdullah bin 'Umar further added): Once while I was chasing a snake in order, to kill it, Abu Lubaba called me saying: "Don't kill it," I said. "Allah's Apostle ordered us to kill snakes." He said, "But later on he prohibited the killing of snakes living in the houses." (Az-Zubri said. "Such snakes are called Al-Awamir.")
Sahih Bukhari Book 54, Hadith 518

What is the name(english) of this snake ?

Is this snake still existing or gone extinct ?

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It's a specific type of snake, on of them is called cobra. It has two white lines that sometimes look like a "U" shape on it's back.

Cobra's usually spit venom into the eyes of its victims. The venom can blind, handicap, and even cause abortions.

However, there are other types of snakes that have similar effects.

They are capable of spitting their venom into the eyes of a victim leading to intense pain in the eyes. This may lead to intense conjunctivitis, corneal erosions, complicated by secondary infection, anterior unveitis and sometimes blindness

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  • I dont think it's the Mozambique Cobra . Because the Hadith clearly says snake with two white lines on it's back.
    – ayub
    Commented Jun 20, 2014 at 14:41
  • I have added another hadith which gives more information (arabic name)
    – ayub
    Commented Jun 20, 2014 at 14:43

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