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The Most Dangerous Venomous Snakes: Asia

King Cobra

  • Scientific name: Ophiophagus hannah
  • Family: Elapidae
  • Genus: Ophiophagus
  • Length: Up to 18.3 feet (5.59 meters)
  • Venom: Neurotoxic

The king cobra is the longest venomous snake in the world! Its venom isn’t as effective as the other snakes in Asia, but it follows the motto “go big or go home”. It injects its victim with an unbelievable amount of venom. This can be just as deadly as a small amount of more effective venom. The king cobra is not too aggressive and can be shy, as long as you don’t get too close to its nest. Like the Indian cobra, it is often used by snake charmers in “performances”.

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