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King Cobra

Though it is not a true cobra, the neck features a hood which can be widened when the snake feels threatened. 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.

Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Ophiophagus hannah


India, China, Malayasia, Indonesia, Philippines

Location in the Zoo

Reptiles and Amphibians Building

Cool Animal Fact

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!

How we Help Save Them

  • We supported 300 local forest department staff in India to participate in a training in snake identification, snakebite management, and rescue protocols to protect snakes like King Cobras and communities.
  • We provided supplies so that 9 king cobras were rescued in villages and relocated safely.
  • We provided support for our partners to reach >200,000 people in India with information on snakes through programming and local press campaigns.

How You Can Help

Donate to help save King cobras in the wild.