King Cobra Facts
- The truly impressive King Cobra remains the longest known species of venomous snake ever discovered by modern man.
- Despite its great length, however, it remains rather surprisingly light. Yet the name is rather deceptive since it is not a true cobra.
- Most notably, it actually forms the sole member of its own distinct genus, with no other known species even coming close.
- This snake also remains considered extremely dangerous due to the combination of the toxicity of its venom, and the sheer quantity of venom produced.
King Cobra Physical Description
The rather beautiful but deadly King Cobra averages about 13 ft (4 m) in length. However, exceptional individuals sometimes attain a length of a much as 18.5 ft (5.6 m).
This reptile typically averages no more than 13 lb (6 kg) in weight. The heaviest King Cobra on record weighed 26 lb (12 kg.).
In color, the reptile is also typically either an olive-green, tan or black, with yellow bands crossing their body along its length.
The relative toxicity of its venom measures rather high but is by no means the highest. The greatest danger lies in the sheer amount of venom that individuals are capable of injecting working in conjunction with that level of toxicity.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Reptilia
- Order: Squamata
- Family: Elapidae
- Genus: Ophiophagus
- Species: O. hannah
King Cobra Distribution, Habitat, and Behavior
It also primarily preys on other snakes, but will also consume small invertebrates. The King Cobra is classified as diurnal, and primarily hunts during the day and remains concealed at night.
This reptile is not typically aggressive unless provoked. When provoked it will raise as much as one-third of its body length into the air. Then it will also flatten its heads in preparation to strike.
This species also remains capable of delivering multiple envenomings in a single attack.
Finally, this snake will live an average of approximately 20 years.