The king cobra is the king of all venomous snakes and can grow up to a length of 18 feet.
The king cobras are the longest venomous snakes in the world. They can reach lengths of 5.5 meters (18 feet).
They are not the most venomous snakes in the world. However, the king cobra compensates by injecting unusually large amount of venom. It can inject as much as 7 milliliters in a single bite. This quantity of venom is sufficient to kill 20 human beings. A man will die within 15 minutes of being bitten by a king cobra.
The preferred diet consists of snakes. They will eat both venomous and non venomous snakes. They can even eat snakes as long as themselves. In the absence of snakes, they may go in for lizards, small mammals and eggs. They are also cannibalistic and may eat smaller king cobras.
Mongooses are resistant to snake venom and therefore, eat snakes. But, even they avoid the king cobras.
Baby king cobra
King cobras are difficult to spot as they live deep inside the forests. However, they can now-a-days be spotted near human habitations where they arrive in search of snakes. Shrinking habitats is another reason.
The king cobras are very comfortable on land, on trees and in water.
The average life span is around 20 years.
The king cobra is the only snake in the world which actually builds nests for the eggs. The eggs are guarded by both males and females. The newly hatched king cobras possess powerful venom.
They have keen eye sights and can spot a moving prey from 100 meters away. After striking at a prey, they don’t give chase. After al, the prey would be dead within minutes and would be found nearby.