In celebration and recognition of …
July 16th … WORLD SNAKE DAY … #WorldSnakeDay
… we would like to share with you …
Save The Snakes (STS)
|King Cobras are classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the Red List of Threatened Species™ (version 2021-3)|
King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) – Vulnerable *
- King cobras are one of the most venomous snakes on the planet.
- However, they are shy and will avoid humans whenever possible, and is actually much more cautious than many smaller snakes.
- Their venom is not the most potent among venomous snakes, but the amount of neurotoxin they can deliver in a single bite – around 7ml – is enough to kill 20 people, or even a 12,000-pound elephant in just three hours.
- King cobra adults are the largest of all venomous snakes and their coloring can vary greatly from region to region where they live.
- They average size is 10-12 feet (3-3.6 meters), but it can reach 18 feet (5.4 meters).
- When threatened they can literally “stand up” and look a full-grown person in the eye.
- They feed mainly on other snakes, venomous and nonvenomous. They will also eat lizards, eggs, and small mammals.
- They are the only snakes in the world that build nests for their eggs, which they guard ferociously until the hatchlings emerge.
- Its eyesight is better than most snakes’. It’s good enough to see a moving person almost 330 feet (100 meters) away.
- The cobra’s hiss is much lower than most snakes’, resulting in a sound that one scientist compared to the growl of “an angry German Shepherd”.
- When threatened, king cobras spread their hoods to make themselves look bigger and raise their heads as high as 6 feet off the ground, usually at the same time as growling.
- These snakes face a variety of threats stemming from human activities, such as deforestation, poaching for skin, food, and medicinal purposes, and the illegal international pet trade.
- And because they are persecuted by humans who fear what they do not understand and who only fear the cobra’s bad press and their reputation.
- They can live about 20 years in the wild.
To increase worldwide snake conservation efforts Save The Snakes was founded in 2017 to protect threatened snake populations and reduce direct conflicts between humans and snakes. To accomplish successful, international snake conservation efforts on the ground, Save The Snakes relies on the expertise, dedication, and passion of our Conservation Partners to protect snake populations and mitigate human-snake conflict.
In Nepal, the iconic king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) is under threat of extinction. Globally listed as Vulnerable* by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the king cobra is threatened by habitat loss and illegal hunting for trade for skin, food, pets, and in the preparation of traditional medicines. King cobras also suffer a high level of persecution by humans throughout its range.
To save king cobras in Nepal, Save The Snakes supports wildlife conservationist Kamal Devkota to research king cobra populations and mitigate human-snake conflict in the country. Kamal is a snake expert, conservation biologist, and board member at Nepal Toxinology Association. Kamal’s team initiated the project “Save The King” to generate information on distribution and habitats of king cobra in Nepal and to promote its conservation in local communities.
[* current IUCN Red List Category]
(photos by Save The Snakes, Brittani Brown, Living Zoology Film Studio and Kamal Devkota)
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