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King Cobra

Ophiophagus hannah


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Smith'sZoo 11 years ago

yes, i see a difference here too. Please see my link to spot of Black Mamba?

YourVeryFlesh 11 years ago

It's possible! I know they were moving tanks at one point so I'll have to do some investigating.

ShannonE 11 years ago

I'm inclined to agree with Henry; black mambas have much longer snouts, and their heads are significantly more angular than that of this snake. I know that the London Zoo has both Black Mambas and King Cobras; is it possible that the labeling is a little wonky?

HenryAdams 11 years ago

Okay, gotcha. Just for future reference though, King Cobras don't have hood markings and the hood is completely inconspicuous when it isn't expanded. Here's a picture of the King Cobra at Zoo Atlanta:

YourVeryFlesh 11 years ago

Thanks for your comment! I know for a fact this snake is a black mamba as it didn't have a hood and I was in London Zoo recently and was able to double check the ID given.

HenryAdams 11 years ago

Awesome photo! But I would like to make a suggestion: I'm almost certain that is a King Cobra, Ophiophagus hannah, not a black mamba. You can tell by the shape and definition of the scales as well as the short and nose.

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Piali Bopanna 11 years ago

Amazing pictures

Smith'sZoo 11 years ago

Super photo!

LisaPowers 11 years ago

Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in today’s blog, Snakes! It had to be snakes!

KatCuff 11 years ago

Nicely done!

YourVeryFlesh 12 years ago

Ahh, thank you! That's it! I quick search for black mamba with London zoo and I found the snake. :)

Carolina 12 years ago

Maybe a Black mamba?

DanielePralong 12 years ago

You're welcome. You've got very nice pictures!

YourVeryFlesh 12 years ago

Thank you for the tip!

DanielePralong 12 years ago

Hello YourVeryFlesh, and welcome to Project Noah! I would guess you saw this snake at the zoo together with your previous spottings? Please kindly indicate so if that is the case, together with any info you may have. It will greatly help members of our community with identification.

Atul 12 years ago


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London Borough of Camden, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Apr 19, 2011
Submitted on Oct 19, 2011

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