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ANIMAL REPORT: THE KING COBRA.

The King Cobra is a common name. There is three scientific names for the King Cobra : Hamadryad, N. Hannah, and Ophiophagus Hannah. The names are Latin for “snake eater.” The taxonomic hierarchy is, kingdom: Animalia, phylum; Chordate, class: Reptilian, order: squamata, family; elapidae, genus; ophiophagus, species: O. Hannah. The skin of a King Cobra is either olive-green, tan, or black and it has a faint, pale yellow bands down the length of the body. The belly is cream or pale yellow and the scales are smooth. The King Cobra is a large and powerful snake, averaging 3.6-4 inches (12-13 ft.) in length and they can weigh about 6 kg.(13.2 lbs). The King cobra is known to be found in the forests of Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. They can also be found in the lakes and streams of the Philippines and Northern Africa. Some King Cobras make their nest in homes made out of brick and wood. The dangers that King Cobras face are their homes/ habitat are being destroyed, by humans cutting down the forest and fires. The population of the King Cobra have dropped in some areas due to the destruction of forests. The King Cobra is a carnivore and it feeds on other snakes, frogs, fishes, birds, lizards, eggs, small mammals, and even eat young King Cobras. The King Cobra can live 20 years or more in the wild. The female lays about 8-20 eggs in a hole. When they are newly hatched the young’s are 10in. (25 cm.) long. Female king cobras leave their eggs and once hatched they must fend for their selves. King Cobras are cold-blooded (ectothermic). The special adaptations that King Cobras have is when threatened it raises up the anterior portion of the body showing the fangs and hissing loudly. Its venomous fangs and large hoods helps it survive. The King Cobra may deliver multiple bites in a single attack and hold on. They can hear you 300 ft away. The King Cobra attacks quickly. Even though it’s a venomous snake, it prefers to escape...

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