The King Cobra moves by slithering and sliding. Though it usually tries to escape when disturbed, when angered it stands menacingly with one-third of its body erect, and its hood spread. It is regarded as a fierce and aggressive snake, and tea-garden workers often encounter it in the North East of India.
King Cobras can rise up to one-third their length and look for prey or as a defensive gesture. Male King Cobras wrestle with each other in ritual mating contests for a female cobra. King Cobras are the only snakes that make nests for their eggs. The female snake or Queen brings together a pile of leaves. As the leaves decay they generate heat, which keeps the eggs warm. The Queen lays 20-40 eggs in the base of the nest and curls up above them to keep them warm till they hatch. The eggs are incubated for 2 month During this time the Queen will defend her nest from any predators. The Queen leaves the nest just before the young snakes emerge from their eggs. In India the traditional belief is that King Cobras mate for life. King Cobras shed their skin several times a year in a process known as ecdysis.
Habitat & Diets