The magnificent king cobra is the longest of all living venomous snakes. This species is not a true cobra of the genus Naja. Instead it belongs to a unique genus Ophiophagus. Its scientific name is Ophiophagus Hannah.It is the world’s longestvenomous snake. It length measures up to 18.5 to 18.8 ft. it life span is 20 years.
KING COBRA HABITAT:
The king cobra occurs in rainforest, bamboo thickets and mangrove swamps, as well as other habitats with denseundergrowth and heavy rainfall. They are comfortable in the trees, on land, and in water, feeding mainly on other snakes, venomous and nonvenomousthey will also eat lizards, eggs, and small mammals.They are the only snakes in the world that build nests for their eggs, which they guard ferociously until the hatchlings emerge.
The female produces a clutch of 20 to 50 eggs, which are laid in April, May or June, and deposited within a nest of twigs, leaves and other vegetation. The newborn cobras measure around 35 centimeters at birth, and already possess venom as toxic as the adult’s.
Their venom is not the most potent among venomous snakes, but the amount of neurotoxin they can deliver in a single bite—up to two-tenths of a fluid ounce (seven milliliters)—is enough to kill 20 people, or even an elephant. King cobras are shy and will avoid humans whenever possible, but they are fiercely aggressive when cornered.
- Their color can vary depending on their location but they are usually olive, brown or black.
- King Cobras mainly feed on other snakes.
- King Cobras are also known as Hamadryad.
- Predators of King Cobras include mongooses.
- When food is scarce they will eat lizards, birds, rodents and eggs.
- King Cobras are found in the forested areas of south and south East Asia.