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King of Snakes

King Cobra

Ophiophagus hannah


Longest of all venomous snakes, this deserves the name King Cobra. Has a hood like a cobra and deadly venom but belongs to a separate genus. This grows to 17 feet or so.


It is said that it can rear up one-third of its length. Imagine that sight. Going eye-to-eye with a king cobra. And it has a tremendous reach too. However, experts tell us that they are more in danger form humans than the other way around.


Last time I posted a photo of King Cobra, I mentioned that the renowned herpetologist, Whitaker, had encountered many in the wild. Here is one in front of Arun when he spent a week in Karnataka jungles along with some other youngsters guided by Gerry Martin. I had lent my 200 mm lens to him this time seeing his earlier photo of a cobra.


The place Arun visited is called Agumbe also known as the Capital of King Cobra.


Photo taken by my son Arun.


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Taken on November 27, 2009