Cobras are among the most famous and popular creatures on the planet, but it’s not every day they’re allowed to do their job on patrol.
A team of BBC News explorers are among those who are now using a cobra costume to get the job done.
The team are from BBC World Service’s Global Witness, who have teamed up with the BBC World Wildlife Service to track the animals around the world.
They are following the cobra in the wild as part of a wider project to show how wild animals have evolved and changed over time.
The research team use a special cobra mask that allows the cobras to breathe underwater.
It’s made from carbon-free nylon and comes in a range of colours, from black to yellow.
The mask comes with a special brush attachment and can be washed or reused.
The researchers are currently using the mask on a patrol in Angola.
They have captured images of the animals in a variety of habitats around the country, including the Atlantic coast of Africa, the Amazon rainforest and the Congo River basin.
It will be up to the researchers to determine whether the mask is effective, and whether it’s a good idea to wear it on patrol, said Dr Jonathan Jones from the BBC Wildlife Service.
“It can be a good thing to wear for the safety of the person or for the environment as well,” he said.
But Dr Jones said the cobrapod has been around for thousands of years, and it’s “not something people should wear as it’s dangerous and dangerous for wildlife.”
So what makes the cobray a good candidate for wearing on patrol?
Dr Jones explained that the mask protects the eyes and the mask itself from the water.
It also absorbs heat and UV radiation better than the standard diving suits, and has a more waterproof material.
“You don’t want to wear something that’s going to catch on your suit, but if you want to protect your face from getting wet then it’s probably a good choice,” he added.
“The cobray is quite adaptable, they can adapt to any environment.”
While they’ve captured images, the team is still waiting for the official approval from the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
“There’s still a long way to go before we can actually see if it’s going the right way, but I think it’s really exciting and it’ll give us a real insight into how these animals have been evolving and changing,” Dr Jones added.
It’ll also be interesting to see whether they get permission to put on the cobrah suit at any point in the future.
You can see more of the BBC’s Global Wildlife coverage on BBC World News at midday and 8pm on Sunday.
You’ll also hear from Professor James Watson from the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Leicester, who has spent years studying the evolution of the animal.
He told the BBC that “in order to make an informed decision on whether it might be an appropriate use of this technology, I would say there is a good possibility it could be a really good idea, but that is something we’re going to have to look at”.
Listen to the full interview with Professor Watson and Dr Jones at the bottom of this article