Ophiophagus hannah

King cobra

💀💀💀💀 Venomous - very dangerous
--- Can not spit venom ---
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Warning. 

The king cobra can move forward when raising its body for warning display. It's the only cobra that can do that. It usually avoids contact with humans and it is not aggressive. But when defending its nest or when cornered it can will strike fast and fiercely.

Description. 

The king cobra is a very large and heavy snake. It's not the heaviest, but the longest venomous snake worldwide. King cobras can kill even elephants with their potent venom.
  • Snake Length

  • 40 cm - 585 cm ref
  • Dentition

  • front-fanged
  • Weight

  • 12.2 gr - 12700 gr ref
  • D.movability

  • fixed
  • Pupil shape (closed state)

  • round (or oval) 
  • Teeth/Fang Length

  • 15 mm ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

0 to 3500 meter above sea level (a.s.l.)

Subspecies & Common Names


Ophiophagus hannah  0 BN পদ্ম গোখরা (Padma gōkharā), রাজ গোখরা (Rāja gōkharā), শঙ্খচূড় (Śaṅkhacūṛa), ৰাজফেঁটী সাপ (Raājaphēm̐ṭī sāpa), DA Kongekobraen, DE Königshutschlange, Königskobra, EN Hamadryad, King cobra, ES Cobra real, FI Kuningaskobra, FR Cobra royal, HI नागराज (naagaraaj), HU Királykobra, ID Lanang, Ular anang, IT Cobra reale, KN ಕಾಳಿಂಗ ಸರ್ಪ (Kāḷiṅga sarpa), LOCAL Gni thaw plaw, Gnu son an, ML രാജവെമ്പാല (rājavempāla), MR गिम, दिवड नागीण (Divaḍa nāgīṇa), वडलो (Vaḍalō), MS Ular Tedung Selar, MY Gnan Gnan bȏk, NE Kalinag, Kenwata, Queta, Raj Goman, NL Koningscobra, NO Kongekobra, OR ଅହିରାଜ, PL Kobra królewska, RU Короле́вская ко́бра (Korolévskaya kóbra), SA काळिङ्गसर्प, TA இராச நாகம் (Irāca nākam), கருநாகம் (Karunākam), TE కింగ్ కోబ్రా (Kiṅg kōbrā), TH งูจงอาง (Ngoo Jong Ang), TR Kral kobra, VI Rắn hổ mang chúa, ZH 大眼鏡蛇 (Dà yǎnjìngshé), 山萬蛇 (Shān wàn shé), 眼鏡王蛇 (Yǎnjìng wáng shé), 過山峰 (Guò shānfēng), 過山烏 (Guò shān wū)

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Elapidae

  • Elapids
  • III. Subfamily Incertae_sedis (Elapidae)

  • not assigned to any subfamily
  • IV. Genus Ophiophagus

  • King cobras
  • V. Species Ophiophagus hannah

  • King cobra
  • VI. snakeID

  • 758