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The king cobra is the largest venomous snake in the world. Despite its large size and fearsome reputation, the king cobra is not aggressive and will avoid confrontation when possible. When threatened or cornered, it raises itself up to a height of nearly one-third of its length, which may be as tall as a person.

a close up of a king cobra

Did You Know?

Even Elephants Beware: A single bite from a king cobra can inject enough venom to kill an elephant.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Ophiophagus hannah

Length: Up to 18 ft

Zoo Location:
Reptile House

Lizards and snakes, including venomous species

Risk Status:
Southeastern Asia and the Philippines