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The King Cobra
King cobras live mainly in the rain forests and plains of India, southern China, and Southeast Asia, and their coloring can vary greatly from region to region. They are comfortable in the trees, on land, and in water, feeding mainly on other snakes, venomous and nonvenomous. They will also eat lizards, eggs, and small mammals.
They are the only snakes in the world that build nests for their eggs, which they guard ferociously until the hatchlings emerge.
King cobras may be best known as the species of choice for the snake charmers of South Asia. Although cobras can hear, they are actually deaf to ambient noises, sensing ground vibrations instead. The charmer's flute entices the cobra by its shape and movement, not by the music it emits.
the amount of neurotoxin they can deliver in a single bite—up to two-tenths of a fluid ounce (seven milliliters)—is enough to kill 20 people, or even an elephant. Fortunately, king cobras are shy and will avoid humans whenever possible, but they are fiercely aggressive when cornered.
it's estimated that the mortality rate from cobra bites is around 10%.
A Baby King Cobra is born measuring an extraordinary 18 inches in length on average and possesses a snake bite that is deadly from day 1. Baby King Cobras are highly banded with bands of white and black. These bands disappear as they mature into adults. If you look at Pictures of King Cobras, you will see the blatant difference between adult King Cobras and baby Cobras.
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