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King Cobra

Ophiophagus hannah


The King Cobra is the longest venomous snake in the world. Its range is all across the Western Ghats in India and the North East. The snake avoids any confrontation/interaction with humans, but when threatened, it is extremely aggressive.


This male King Cobra rested by the side of the forest path on a very rainy day, right outside the bushes - 10 feet long, a rich brown, his scales glistening with raindrops, body all curved up as if to camouflage the inimitable length. He had devoured a heavy meal the previous evening and didn't seem too keen to move, he just kept a watchful eye. This is my first ever and only sighting of a King Cobra in the wild. In all my imagination, I had envisioned the King to be a spectacular snake, but nothing could have prepared me for this sighting. Goose bumps. Fear. Respect.

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AshleyT 4 years ago

Fantastic series!

Radha 4 years ago

@k.andrews6 -- thank you!

Kyle A
Kyle A 4 years ago

Fantastic spot and series. Thanks for sharing.

Karnataka, India

Lat: 13.51, Long: 75.10

Spotted on Oct 23, 2010
Submitted on Aug 19, 2013

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