A tattoo of a cobra with its hood splayed and mouth open is usually a symbol of danger and aggression, according to Tattoodesignsheaven.com. It can also symbolize rebirth and immortality through the shedding of its skin.
The cobra is one of the most dangerous and feared venomous snakes, according to Tattoodesignsheaven.com. The king cobra is the largest venomous snake in the world and can represent power, danger, rebirth, wisdom, mercy and meanness.
In countries such as India and Egypt, the cobra is considered a sacred animal that symbolizes power and other-worldliness. Indian mythology associates the cobra with good omens and magic. In the Buddhist religion, the cobra is thought of as a guardian or protector.