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Location and Habitat
King cobras are located throughout southeast Asia. They can be found in parts of India, China, Malaysia and Indonesia. They also live on some of the islands of southeast Asia such as Java and Borneo. Their habitats include dense forests and bamboo thickets, usually near swamps, rivers or streams. They may also be found in fields or agricultural areas.
A large portion of king cobras' diets consists of other snakes. They may also feed on rodents or lizards. The venom of king cobras is not the most toxic in the world; however, they can inject large amounts of venom when they strike.
Size and Description
King cobras are the longest venomous snakes in the world. They average between 10 - 15 feet in length, and have the ability
to lift one-third of their bodies straight into the air while the rest of their bodies remain on the ground. King cobras are
smaller than some types of pythons and constrictors, but are very dangerous nonetheless. They are among the most venomous snakes
in the world, and a bite from a king cobra can be deadly.
Adding to their "kingly" stature, female king cobras build large nests for their eggs, and may be the only snakes in the world that do so. They will usually lay 20 or more eggs in the nest, and then the females will incubate and protect the eggs until they hatch by coiling their long bodies in the nests on top of them.
King cobras are famous for shows performed by snake charmers. Snake charmers will play beautiful flute music while a cobra in a basket sways back and forth. However, it is not the music that the snake is "dancing" to. It is the rhythmic motion of the flute that it is following.
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