Saturday, August 16, 2003

The King Cobra

The King Cobra, the largest venomous snake in world, earned its name or rather title because of its sheer deadliness and ability to rear up and look a human straight in his eye. This creature, around which many myths and beliefs revolve, can live upto 20 years and keeps growing in size every year! It is most famous for its false eyespots on the hood which it uses when threatened or on an attack. Contrary to belief, snakes can not hear sound, that is they are deaf and can only feel vibrations.

One of the most fascinating habit of the King Cobra is its preference for other snakes as prey more than any other animal and King Cobras are the only snakes to build nests for laying eggs!

Do check out this amazing interactive site put up by National Geographic for more information on the King of Snakes.

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