The king cobra quite rightly gets its Dangerous and Scary Animal crown, because it’s one of the most venomous snakes here on planet earth, so you really don’t want to bump into one in a dark alley. (Although that’s unlikely, as they live in rainforests mainly, as well as mangrove swamps and bamboo thickets in India, Southeast Asia and Southern China, but you get our point.)
We’ll get straight down to business ‘ these snakes kill by venom, and in one bite, they can deliver enough venom to kill 20 people. Or one elephant. When threatened, they will ‘stand up’ and could literally look you in the eye, whilst hissing (although it’s said that this sounds more like a growl) and flaring the hood around their heads. Oh, and they can grow up to 18 feet long.
Don’t be fooled by images of snake charmers seemingly with their king cobras under control in a basket. These snakes have usually had painful torture inflicted on them to make sure they don’t attack their charmers, going against their natural instinct.
Despite appearances though, king cobras are actually pretty shy animals, and will only attack, or threaten to attack, which is scary enough, when threatened. So it’s definitely best not to threaten this majestic beast!