A swift and ferocious hunter, the king cobra chases prey and kills with a single savage bite. The world’s largest poisonous snake, the cobra sends a massive dose of poison through its victim’s body. Most prey die within a few minutes.
Fang-tastic: The king cobra’s fangs measure about one-half inch long and are hollow with a sharp point, similar to a hypodermic needle. The snake injects about two ounces of poison with each bite.
What a Hood:The cobra’s hood flares out when it’s ready to strike. The snake spreads the hood by flexing its neck ribs.
Snakes for Dinner: The cobra feeds mainly on other snakes, including other cobras. It cannot chew so it swallows prey whole.
On Guard: While the cobra is feared by most humans, it is also revered in some cultures. In India, sculptures of king cobras guard the entrances to religious temples.
Stand-up SnakeWhen the cobra defends itself, the snake rises up to heights of six feet and can attack from this position. The deadly-quick snake may charge a person if someone is unlucky enough to stumble upon a king cobra.