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Venomous Snakes of the World. Also his Dangerous Snakes of Papua New Guinea stamp issue
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DK Handbook to Reptiles and Amphibians. Visit the
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KING COBRA 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).