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Ophiophagus hannah

The Longest Venomous Snake in the World

With a recorded length of 6.0m, the king cobra is the longest venomous snake in the world by a clear 2.0m. They can rear up one third of their length which means a fully grown hooding king could raise itself 2.0m off the ground. It is also the only snake that builds a nest in which it was care of its eggs, driving away or killing all threats, even elephants.

The name "Ophiophagus" is Latin for snake-swallower, king cobras eat other snakes including pythons. Their venom is not the most toxic of any cobra, it is quantity not quality that kills when a king cobra bites. King cobras are also known to growl and show a fang as a threat to a potential enemy.


South and Southeast Asia (southern, northern & northeastern India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, southern China, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia & Philippines).

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Habitat: Pristine rainforest, swamps & plantations


A dark patterned 2.0m female king cobra hooding in the Western Ghats, southwest India
A light coloured 3.0m male king cobra in Orissa, northeast India

A king cobra killing a
Reticulated python
, Python reticulatus,
w hich it will then swallow whole


Mark with our 3.0m female King cobra.
Photo: John James for WMSP


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