Ophiophagus hannah

King cobra

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous ref
--- Can not spit venom --- ref
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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.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 585 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 40 to 65 cm ref
  • Weight Range

  • 12.2 gr - 12700 gr ref
  • Pupil Shape

  • round (or oval) 
  • Dentition Type

  • fixed front fangs ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length

  • 15 mm ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

0 to 3500 meter above sea level ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Ophiophagus hannah (not specific) 0 BENGALI পদ্ম গোখরা (Padma gōkharā), রাজ গোখরা (Rāja gōkharā), শঙ্খচূড় (Śaṅkhacūṛa), ৰাজফেঁটী সাপ (Raājaphēm̐ṭī sāpa), BURMESE Gnan Gnan bȏk, CHINESE 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), DANISH Kongekobraen, DUTCH Koningscobra, ENGLISH Hamadryad, King cobra, FINNISH Kuningaskobra, FRENCH Cobra royal, GERMAN Königshutschlange, Königskobra, HINDI नागराज (naagaraaj), HUNGARIAN Királykobra, INDONESIAN Lanang, Ular anang, ITALIAN Cobra reale, KANNADA ಕಾಳಿಂಗ ಸರ್ಪ (Kāḷiṅga sarpa), MALAY Ular Tedung Selar, MALAYALAM രാജവെമ്പാല (rājavempāla), MARATHI गिम, दिवड नागीण (Divaḍa nāgīṇa), वडलो (Vaḍalō), NEPALI Kalinag, Kenwata, Queta, Raj Goman, NORWEGIAN Kongekobra, ORIYA ଅହିରାଜ, POLISH Kobra królewska, RUSSIAN Короле́вская ко́бра (Korolévskaya kóbra), SANSKRIT काळिङ्गसर्प, SPANISH Cobra real, TAMIL இராச நாகம் (Irāca nākam), கருநாகம் (Karunākam), TELUGU కింగ్ కోబ్రా (Kiṅg kōbrā), THAI งูจงอาง (Ngoo Jong Ang), TURKISH Kral kobra, UNCODED LANGUAGES Gni thaw plaw, Gnu son an, VIETNAMESE Rắn hổ mang chúa

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
Complete taxonomy of Ophiophagus hannah at The Reptile Database.