A bite by this noble animal can be fatal. King Cobra, the longest poisonous snake in the world, can be an extremely dangerous predator. Slithering across the sand, camouflaged, until they are stepped on, when they raise themselves up to 8 feet……and strikes! This Hooded Killer is extremely dangerous to all types of animals around the world.
The Life of the King Cobra
The King Cobra, also known as the “Ophiophogus Hannah“, is the largest type of venomous snake in the world. Their colour is usually a pale olive or yellow olive colour. Their length usually can be up to 19 feet! Their fangs are extremely long, sometimes, it can grow more than 0.5 inches long! The King Cobra is one of the many known snakes in the world. Their length usually can be up to 19 feet long! Their fangs are extremely long, sometimes growing than 0.5 inches in length! The King Cobra is one of the many known snakes in the world.
The King Cobra, even though fierce is a very shy animal. They live throughout the South- Western Asia and the East Indies. They are deaf, like all other snakes and hunts at all times of day, but rarely seen at night. This dangerous reptile usually eats lizards, but eats snakes as well, including poisonous snakes! They use their forked tongues to smell, and can smell blood over a mile long.
What Does the King Cobra do Everyday?
Slithering across the sand, with their hood open wide, ready to strike, but they do not attack for just for fun. King Cobras only attack when they need food, or is feeling threatened. Sometimes, when a King Cobra accidently tramples over another King Cobra’s territory, they might start wrestling. They wrestle with their head, and the first one to push the other’s head down wins.
King Cobras are not much of a social animal. It usually prefers to hunt alone, unless he or she is mating. Living through out Southern-Asia in swampy marsh areas, sometimes having the temperature rise to 94 degrees Fahrenheit, the cobra’s main defence is his/her poison. His poison may not be as lethal as some other snakes, but when forced to, he may deliver enough poison to kill an elephant or 10 people!
The Habitat of the King Cobra is shown here on the map
The Deadly Venom of the Cobra
The venom is a very important part of his body, because, without it, it will be almost impossible to catch food and they will most likely die of starvation. The King Cobra’s venom is mostly composed of proteins and polypeptides. When bitten by the King Cobra, the venom is sent out through your body, and stuns your nervous system. When your nervous system stops, it usually stops your breathing. It would be fatal if any animal gets bitten by this deadly animal.
The venom is usually kept in a gland attached to the fangs. When the poison is needed, he or she uses the small muscles in her mouth to squeeze the poison from the gland into the hollow fangs, causing the venom to end up in the victim’s body. In the end, the victim ends up dead, or usually in a very severe condition.
Do King Cobras Die?
Every living thing dies. The King Cobras lifespan is about 20 years. Every January, they mate once. King Cobras are the only kinds of snakes that use nests to lay eggs on. The female would gather up sticks, leaves, and all sorts of other materials, and make a nest out of it. A normal female King Cobra can lay up to 50 eggs at time! The male usually mates with the same cobra every year, but under special circumstances, he might have to choose another cobra to mate with.
· King Cobras are the largest venomous snakes in the world.
· They live through-out South-Western Asia and the East Indies.
· The King Cobra is also known as the “Ophiophogus Hannah.”
· Their average life-span is about 20 years.
· They are the only snakes to build nests.
· They hunt all times of days, but rarely seen at night.
Nest of a King Cobra
Public Lives of the King Cobra
King Cobra statues are widely used at many of the places. Many people believed by putting statues there, it will call the spirits of King Cobras and scare away intruders. Also, many snake charmers use them. When a snake charmer plays, the King Cobra would rise from a casket and start swaying to the music, even though they are deaf! The snake charmer actually gets the snake swaying by having him focus on the instrument.
Secretly, the snake charmer sways the instrument left and right. That way, the King Cobra Does the same, therefore making it look like the snake is dancing to the music.
King Cobra swaying to the music of the snake charmer
Different from garter snakes, but somewhat like Arabian Cobras, the King Cobra has a uniqueness of its own. Many of there habitats have been destroyed. Humans need to be more aware of the impact they are having on the King Cobra. We need to be sure that they will not become endangered in the future!
Cobra- a poisonous snake of Asia or Africa
Deaf- not having the ability to hear
Fangs-a tooth of a venomous snake, with a hollow or grooves through which venom is emitted
Lizards- a large group of reptiles having an
Poisonous- containing, producing, or acting as a poison
Polypeptides- a chain of chemically bonded amino acids, as occurs in the structure of protein molecules
Reptile-an air-breathing cold-blooded egg-laying vertebrate with an outer covering of scales or plates and a bony skeleton
Snake- a legless reptile with a scaly tubular body tapering toward the tail, lidless eyes, and often venomous fangs
Snake Charmer- an entertainer who elicits a swaying movement from snakes, especially cobras, by means of music and rhythmic body movements
Territory- an area that an animal considers as its own and that it defends against intruders of the same species
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