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Does King Cobra – “The King of Ten Thousand Snake” Has Any Natural Enemies

The King cobra, known as the “King of Ten Thousand Snakes”, has a body length of up to 5 meters and is the largest poisonous snake on the earth. So does the King cobra have natural enemies?

Although it is called “King cobra”, this species is different from the real cobra. It is not a member of snake, but an independent cobra species. Compared with cobra, it is more ferocious in temperament, extremely quick in reaction, flexible in head and neck rotation, and has a large amount of detoxification. It is one of the most dangerous snakes in the world. It often lives in southwest and South China, usually inhabiting grasslands, open slopes and forests. Its main food is similar to other snakes, so it is difficult to see other kinds of snakes in the territory of King cobra. King cobra is extremely toxic.

King Cobra On Grassland
King Cobra On Grassland

The King cobra is the largest poisonous snake species on the earth, and its body size is mostly 3 to 4 meters. The largest individual recorded in China is 3.85 meters long, and the world record is 5.58 meters long, which is comparable to the boa constrictor.

The toxicity of King cobra is not the strongest. The LD50 value of its venom is about 0.34mg/kg, while the LD50 value of China’s most powerful terrestrial venomous snake, Many-banded krait, is 0.08mg/kg, which means that the toxicity of King cobra is only about a quarter of that of Many-banded krait.

King Cobra in Bamboo Forest
King Cobra in Bamboo Forest

However, the King cobra is huge, which makes its single venom release amount reach 400 mg, which is enough to kill 20 adults, even elephants, so King cobra is also a deadly poisonous snake.

King Cobra Protect Thier Eggs

Although snakes look terrible, most snakes will not attack people on their own initiative, but King cobra is different. It is one of the few poisonous snakes that will attack people on their own initiative. Therefore, when you see this snake, don’t provoke it, otherwise it will be troublesome if getting bitten.

King cobra has another habit different from other snakes, that is, they have the habit of protecting their eggs. Snakes usually leave after laying their eggs in sand or caves, allowing their eggs to hatch on their own. Adult female snakes only occasionally come back to check.

King Cobra Catch
King Cobra Catch

However, King cobra has the habit of protecting its eggs. After laying eggs, it will stay near the snake eggs until they hatch. During this period, the King cobra will not leave half a step, and will starve for up to two months.

The egg protecting King cobra is very aggressive, and will attack any person or animal trying to approach. A while ago, there was a 2.8 meter King cobra in the bamboo forest near a village in Yunnan, and there was a nest of snake eggs nearby.

Since the nest of King cobra eggs is too close to a kindergarten, the firefighters transferred the snake and its eggs to the far field to avoid hurting passers-by or nearby children.

King Cobra Eggs
King Cobra Eggs

King cobra has a name of “King of Ten Thousand Snakes”. In addition to its strong fighting power and fierce temperament, it mainly feeds on poisonous snakes including its own kind. When the King cobra’s eggs are about to hatch, the mother snake will leave in advance to prevent herself from eating the newly hatched snake, which shows the ferocity of the King cobra!

So does the King cobra, known as the “king of snakes”, have any natural enemies? The answer is of course that there are natural enemies, and there are many of them. Let’s take a look at them separately.

The Honey Badger

honey badger eats snake
honey badger eats snake

If you want to talk about the enemy of a venomous snake, of course you can’t avoid the “Flathead Brother”, It not only has a fierce and stubborn temperament, but also is immune to snake venom. When the honey badger meets the King cobra, she will use her sharp claws and teeth to catch the King cobra.

However, snakes are not the main prey of honey badgers. Although honey badgers can suppress venomous snakes, they do not actively seek venomous snakes to eat. Moreover, if the other party is a larger King cobra, the honey badger has no choice.

The Snake Mongoose

mongoose vs snake
mongoose vs snake

Unlike the honey badger, the snake mongoose is the true nemesis of venomous snakes. This animal sees snakes like a cat sees a mouse, and even if it is not hungry, it will hunt them. This habit of hunting snakes is a characteristic engraved in the snake mongoose’s genes.

Of course, the snake mongoose also has the ability to defeat venomous snakes. Its body is flexible and can easily evade snake attacks. Moreover, the mongoose is immune to snake venom. Even the King cobra, the mongoose will treat it as a spicy stick.

The Snake Vulture

vulture vs snake
vulture vs snake

From the name of the snake vulture, we can know that this guy can beat snakes. It is the only large bird under the Accipitriformes snake vulture family. The snake eagle has sharp claws, slender legs, and a curved hook on its beak, specifically designed to deal with snakes.

Snake vulture search for traces of snakes in low altitude flight, once discovering their targets, they will directly land and use powerful claws to trample on their heads, while most snakes have no resistance to this.

The legs of snake vultures are thin and long, and they also have a layer of keratinized scales that can resist snake attacks. Even snake venom has no place to be used. Snake vultures also have thick feathers that can prevent snakes from biting their skin.

Large Raptors

eagle vs snake
eagle vs snake

In fact, most raptors have the habit of hunting snakes, so the relatively fierce species of raptors can prey on the equally fierce King cobra. The physical characteristics of raptors are very beneficial for them to suppress snakes.

For example, most raptors have sharp claws and powerful legs, which can easily scratch snakes or catch some snakes flying into the air and then throw them down to death.

The beak of a raptor usually has a sharp hook that can cut open the snake skin, bite the snake flesh, and peck at snakes with a sharp hook. You might say, wouldn’t the King cobra fight back against the Raptor?

Of course, but it’s useless. On the one hand, because the raptor is covered with thick feathers, the King cobra can’t bite through it; On the other hand, because the King cobra’s attack range is limited, it can only attack the fan-shaped area in front of its head, while the King cobra cannot reach the raptor when it flies a little.

Other Snakes

Snake hunt Snake
Snake hunt Snake

Although King cobra is known as the “king of snakes”, it will also be suppressed by some other snakes with more power, such as boa constrictors who are larger than King cobra.

Some boa constrictors living on land have certain anti venom ability and can be immune to the venom of King cobra. If boa constrictors are larger than King cobra, they can also be kill them. Of course, the King cobra also hunts and kills smaller juvenile pythons, which is also one of the natural enemies of pythons.

In addition to boa constrictor, there are larger King cobra that can suppress King cobra. They have the habit of Cannibalism. Therefore, in addition to breeding season, King cobra usually avoids the same kind to avoid conflicts.

King Cobra Wild

In short, King cobra is a predator at the top of the food chain. It is not only large, but also highly toxic, which can suppress most non-toxic snakes and venomous snakes. However, as a snake, King cobra also has many natural enemies.

What other natural enemies do you know of King cobra?

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