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King Cobra

The longest of all living venomous snakes (up to 5.5m long), the magnificent King cobra, Ophiophagus hannah (Elapidae) has been the inspiration for a variety of myths and legends within its native range.

This species is not a true cobra of the genus Naja, and instead belongs to a unique genus Ophiophagus, whose scientific name derives from the Greek for “snake-eating”, in reference to its dietary habits. 

The King cobra has a large range, from India, east to Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, southern China, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. However, it is regarded as Vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List, and also is listed in CITES Appendix II. 

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Photo credit: ©Larsa Darafeyenka

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