Common Name: King Cobra
Scientific Name: Ophiophagus hannah
Group Name: Quiver
Average Lifespan in The Wild: 20 years
Size: 13 ft (4 m)
Weight: Up to 20 lbs (9 kg)
Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man:
About the King Cobra
It seems unfairly menacing that a snake that can literally “stand up” and look a full-grown person in the eye would also be among the most venomous on the planet, but that describes the famous king cobra.
King cobras can reach 18 feet (5.5 meters) in length, making them the longest of all venomous snakes. When confronted, they can raise up to one-third of their bodies straight off the ground and still move forward to attack. They will also flare out their iconic hoods and emit a bone-chilling hiss that sounds almost like a growling dog.