Reptile

King Cobra

Area: 
India, southeastern China, the Malay Peninsula, Indonesia, and the Philippine Islands
Habitat: 
Rain forests and grasslands
Food: 
Other snakes, lizards, and small mammals
Size: 
Up to 18 feet (that's as long as a giraffe is tall!)
Babies: 
As soon as the baby snake hatches, it leaves the nest and takes care of itself.
When a fully grown cobra rears up, it can reach as tall as an adult human.
Hail to the King!

The king cobra is the largest venomous snakeAn animal with a long, scaly body and no arms, legs, or wings. Snakes have backbones and are cold-blooded. in the world. It has special muscles and ribs in its neck that spread out to form a "hood" when the cobra feels threatened. This makes the snakeAn animal with a long, scaly body and no arms, legs, or wings. Snakes have backbones and are cold-blooded. look bigger than it really is, and may help scare away predators.  

 

King cobras make a deep, loud hissing sound. Like the rattle of the rattlesnake, the hiss is a warning signal that can be heard from a distance. The message is: "I am big, bad, and will bite you if you come any closer!"

 

Most cobras are known to protect their eggs after laying them, but the female king cobra does even more. She uses her body and head to move leaves around to build a nest. After she lays her eggs, she covers them with more leaves, and stays on top of the nest until the eggs hatch.