King Cobra

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King Cobra
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Ophiophagus
Species: O. hannah
Binomial name
Ophiophagus hannah
Cantor, 1836
     Distribution of the King Cobra

The King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) is a species of the Elapidae family. It is the world's longest venomous snake with a length that can be as large as 5.6 m (18.5 ft).[1][2] This species is found in a number of areas, found throughout south-eastern Asia and into Pakistan and India. Its genus name, Ophiophagus, literally means "snake-eater", and its diet primarily consists of other snakes, including larger pythons and even smaller members of its own species. The venom of the King Cobra is primarily neurotoxic, and the snake is fully capable of killing a human with a single bite.[3] The mortality rate can be as high as 75% without antivenom.[3][4][5]

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  1. "Cobra". Encyclopædia Britannica. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/123394/cobra. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
  2. Mehrtens, John (1987). Living Snakes of the World. New York: Sterling. ISBN 0806964618.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Capula, Massimo; Behler (1989). Simon & Schuster's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of the World. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0671690981.
  4. "Ophitoxaemia (venomous snake bite)". http://www.priory.com/med/ophitoxaemia.htm. Retrieved 2007-09-05.
  5. Sean Thomas. "One most Dangerous Snakes in the World". http://www.seanthomas.net/oldsite/danger.html. Retrieved 2007-09-05.

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