One of the most auspicious and largest venomous snakes found in India ,is the King Cobra .Worshipped during Naag Panchami and associated with lord Shiva makes it a very special reptile for us.Apart from India it can be seen in Southern China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines.King Cobra’s size generally ranges from 3-5 metres and when threatened spreads its hood and makes a hissing noise to keep away its enemies.They often have yellow, white or black bands across their bodies making it a distinctive snake amoungst others.King Cobras prefer rainforest and humid jungle,thick undergrowth, cool swamps and bamboo clusters. Cobras prefer to avoid human habitation. The destruction of their habitat has led to increased human cobra conflict. Cobras can slide up trees and bushes and spend a significant amount of time above the ground, looking for prey.They generally feed on other reptiles or smaller snakes or rats.Due to reduction in forest cover these snakes generally come in human contact and have become human conflicters since then these beautiful snakes have started to vanish ,for being killed by humans on trespassing their homes/territories.We shall together help this reptile live independently ,away from human interference so that India may not loose another special specie after making the White tigers almost extinct.
Ophiophagus hannah (The King Cobra)