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  Royal Cobra

The cobras are snakes. It is an extremely venomous snake, but not as dangerous to humans as commonly thought. It does not want to bite a human, so it alerts the human of its presence just like a rattle snake does, but in a different way. They have smooth shiny skins of different color and patterns .The strong slender bodies of the cobra are yellow, brown, or almost black.

The common Indian cobra is 5 to 6 feet long. The longest poisonous snake in the world is the king cobra, which can grow to be 18 feet long. The baby cobras are called baby cobras. In the summer most cobras lay 8 to 30 eggs, in damp leaves. In about two months the baby cobras hatch. The 12 inch babies can spread their tiny hoods and poison their prey.

The King Cobra is worshipped in India, particularly on the festive occasion of Nag Panchami and is depicted in sculptures on temple walls and celebrated in myth and legend. King Cobra also garlands the neck of Lord Shiva. The King Cobra or Nag is seen in numerous images of Hindu worship.

The cobra snakes are considered slightly more intelligent that the average snake and they are also very adaptive. That's why they are sometimes found in agricultural land and near human inhabitations.
These are dangerous snakes; their bites are poisonous and they easily hit you in the eyes from distances of two meters. The cobra picture can be found on most breeder sites.

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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 are threatened by the reduction of rainforest jungle and bamboo groves. The destruction of their natural habitat has led King Cobras to come into conflict with humans. The fear of the cobra's venom often leads to Cobras being killed as soon as they are seen. Cobras are usually killed due to human encroachment. They are also killed for their skin which is used to make leather items such as belts, purses and bags.
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