King cobra

At the Detroit Zoo
The king cobra can be found inside the Holden Reptile Conservation Center, located near the middle of the park. There, visitors can learn about the 70 different species (and approximately 180 individuals) of reptiles at the Detroit Zoo, one-fifth of which are considered threatened or endangered in the wild.


The head is broad and flattened, while the neck features a narrow hood which can be extended when the snake feels threatened. The body color is typically tan, olive brown or black, and may be marked with white or yellow chevrons at the anterior of the body, which become straight bands toward the rear. These bands usually fade with age, and may disappear altogether, although some adults exhibit them throughout life.


Scientific name: Ophiophagus hannah
Continent: Asia
Habitat: Forests, mangrove swamps and even agricultural areas with remnants of woodland
Size: 7.5 to 18 feet
Weight: Up to 20 pounds
Diet: Snakes (venomous and nonvenomous), lizards, eggs and small mammals
Reproduction: Clutch of 20 to 50 eggs that hatch 60 to 90 days later
: 20 years
Conservation Status: Vulnerable



While the king cobra's venom is not as toxic as that of some highly venomous species, the sheer volume produced in a single bite is enough to kill 20 to 30 adult humans or a fully grown Asian elephant.