|Scientific Name||Ophiophagus hannah|
King Cobra Description
- The king cobra is the world’s longest venomous snake.
- Male cobras are larger than the females.
- It can detect the movement of its prey 100 m (330 ft) from a source.
- King cobras are so venomous that their one bite contains as much as 200 to 500 mg of venom (enough to kill 20 people). It can kill humans in 30 minutes after the strike.
- Females are highly aggressive when they guard the eggs.
- They have poor eyesight and they cannot see anything that is not moving.
- When threatened the king cobra lifts the front part and spread the hood.
Size & Weight
- TOTAL-LENGTH: 3 to 4 m (9.8 to 13.1 ft)
- WEIGHT: 6 kg (13 lb)
- LENGTH: 45 to 55 cm (18 to 22 in)
- LENGTH: 5 to 18.8 ft (5.6 to 5.7 m)
- WEIGHT: 7 kg (28 lb)
Dense highland forests; elevation 2,000 meters
India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Bhutan, Singapore, Burma, Philippines, China, Vietnam, Thailand
Rat snakes, small pythons, rodents, lizards, birds, eggs
20 – 40 eggs
January – March
April – June
5 – 6 years
20 years (wild)