Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

King Cobra


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Ophiophagus hannah
PROFILE:

King cobras are known for being the longest of the venomous snakes, reaching lengths of over 16 feet. When threatened, they raise themselves up and display their characteristic hoods, although in most instances a cobra, like all venomous snakes, would rather hide than encounter a person. Since venomous snakes use their toxin to kill prey items, biting a person is a waste of this precious resource since we are way too big for them to eat!

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Reptile, Squamata (snakes and lizards); venomous
NATIVE TO:
southern China, India, southeast Asia, and Philippines
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Not listed by IUCN
DIET:
Carnivore, (primarily eat other snakes)
LIFESPAN:
zoos - up to 20+ years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Solitary; pairs during breeding season
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