Zoological name: The zoological name of king cobra is Ophiophagus hannah.
Distribution: The king cobra occurs in India, Pakistan, Philippines etc. In India it usually occurs in Western Ghats, Andaman Islands and eastern part of India such as West Bengal, Orissa and Assam.
Habitat: They inhabit in dense forests, hills, plains, grass lands and estuaries.
Physical feature: An adult king cobra may reach up to 5.5 m and weigh 12 kg or more. Adults are blackish brown or light brown. Hatchlings are deep black and have pure white bands round the body. They have a pair of occipital shields and costals. The adult has 32-43 lighter bands round the body and 11-13 bands round the tail. The other salient features are glossy scales, flat heads and rounded snouts. The hood is relatively less dilatable than the Indian cobras.