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Family: Elapidae (Elapids)

Subfamily: Bungarinae

Genus: Ophiophagus (King Cobra)

Snake_Ophiophagus hannah

Map_Thailand_67Picture: J. Bulian

Ophiophagus hannah (King Cobra)

Thai: ThaiSnakeName-Ophiophagus hannah
(ngu chong ang, ngu bongla, ngu hao chang)

The longest Kind Cobra ever measured was 585 cm long. The animals usually reach a length between 400 and 450 cm.

Distribution: Throughout Thailand

King Cobras like living in light woods and in open grass lands. However, they can also be found on agricultural land and even in the middle of Bangkok. They often live near water. They can swim and climb well. They can also move forwards very quickly with an upright body. They are active at night and during the day. The young King Cobras have contrasting black and yellow stripes. In literature, the King Cobra was always reported to be extremely aggressive. New literature and studies show that the animal is actually shy, does not enjoy attacking and quickly flees.

It has been proven that the bite of King Cobra can kill water buffalo and elephants. A cobra bite is always dangerous due to the amount of venom transferred.

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