King Cobra

King Cobra at NANDANKANAN Zoological Park, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

This photo was taken at NANDANKANAN Zoological Park, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.

  • Common Names: King Cobra
  • Scientific Names: Ophiophagus hannah
  • Distinctive Characters: It is the longest venomous land snake. Grow upto 5-7 meter in length weight (20 kg). Venom is neurotoxin.
  • Size, Identification: King Cobra lifts one third of its body off the ground, makes a hood and hisses loudly when threatened.
  • Habit: Venomous snake, Excellent swimmer.
  • Habitat: Mountains region of India, South China, Malaysia. Prefer to live in areas dotted with lakes and streams, mangroves.
  • Food: Feeds on other snakes
  • Breeding: Make nests for laying eggs.
  • Status: Schedule – 1 of Wildlife (Protection) Act.

(Source: display board)

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