King Cobra

The king cobra is the longest of all venomous snakes in the world; they frequently reach 13 feet long, and the world record is 18 feet! Though it is not a true cobra, the neck features a hood which can be widened when the snake feels threatened.

Female king cobras make a nest for their eggs, by scraping up leaves and other vegetation to make a mound.


  • Scientific Name: Ophiophagus hannah
  • Range: India, China, Malayasia, Indonesia, Philippines
  • Status in the Wild: Vulnerable
  • Location in the Zoo: Reptile and Amphibian House.
  • Cool Animal Fact: When this snake is threatened, instead of hissing, the king cobra makes a distinctive growl which emanates from the throat. The growl deepens as the snake grows longer with age.

King Cobra Hatchling, Houston Zoo, 2014

King Cobra baby