Meet Our Animals > King Cobra
Quick Facts
Native to Southeast Asia (India to the Philippines)
Primary Diet Cold-blooded animals, particularly other snakes
Adult Weight Up to 20 pounds
Lifespan About 20 years
Status Vulnerable

King Cobra

The king cobra is the largest venomous snake in the world. Despite their large size and fearsome reputation, they aren’t aggressive and will avoid confrontation when possible. When in a threat display, king cobras can raise the anterior part of their bodies 3 to 4 feet off the ground and are able to follow an enemy in this position over considerable distances. King cobras are also the only snakes known to make a nest. They have better vision than many snakes and can see a moving person 300 feet (the length of a football field) away.


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