SIA1682: King Cobra

Common Name:King Cobra
Scientific Name:Ophiophagus hannan
Photographer:Calvin J. Hamilton
Copyright:© 2005 Calvin J. Hamilton
Location:Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, Maryland

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This is the largest venomous snake in the world reaching lenghs up to 18 feet. Its neurotoxic and cardiotoxic bite yields a venom dose of 175-300 mg. A fatal human dose is 30 mg. The King Cobra lives in tropical Asia and Philippines near streams in forests, and adjacent to agricultural areas. It eats almost exclusively other snakes.

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