King Cobra is famous for its active hunting. It preys almost exclusively on other snakes, prowling in forests, fields, and villages in the daytime as well as at night.

What differentiates King Cobra with other Cobras is its possession of 11 large scales on the crown of its head. The adult cobras are basically yellow, green, brown, and black in colour. Hatchlings are about 45–55 cm (18–22 inches) long and are black with yellow or white stripes.

King Cobras are generally less aggressive towards human beings, but they become hostile during the breeding season. When threatened, the King Cobra lifts the front part of its body so it stands roughly perpendicular to the ground.  The effect of its venom can be understood with the fact that it can kill a fully grown elephant within three hours of a bite to the toe or trunk.

The breeding behaviour of King Cobra is unique in that mated pairs remain together for the season, and like most other snakes, they build their nest and care for children. The mother makes a loop of her body as an arm and pulls dead leaves, soil, and ground litter into a compact mound in which she lays 20 to 50 eggs.

Worth mentioning, the poison of the King Cobra is used for medicinal purposes.

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