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King Cobra

King Cobra

Animal's Behavior

Can be aggressive and dangerous, but prefers to avoid confrontation. Potent venom.

Eating Habits

Diet is believed to consist mainly of other snakes. May sometimes eat birds and rodents.


Dense forests across south Asia, southeast Asia and southern China.

Conservation Efforts

A number of groups are working to protect habitat and conserve dwindling cobra populations. This species is threatened by the destruction of forests and human encroachment.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Ophiophagus hannah


Animalia, Chordata, Reptilia, Squamata, Serpentes, Elapidae

Place of Birth

Forests throughout southeast Asia


Up to 18 feet


Tannish-green or black with yellow banding


20 years

Conservation Status


Where to See

Audubon Zoo

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