Reproduction: The mating occurs in March and she lays eggs in the month of
April. However, eggs have been found up to July. The number of eggs laid by the
female may be up to 51. The average weight of an egg is 40.85 g. It is one of the
few nest-building snakes. The nest which is made of leaves or vegetable rubbish
and humus is built by the female. Both male and female stay in the vicinity of the
nest and usually the female is coiled up on the eggs. The incubation period varies
from ten to eleven weeks.
Behaviour: The highly poisonous snakes, king cobras are reputed for their aggressiveness and courage. They are largely diurnal. King cobra erects its forebody for about one-third its length and spreads the hood like Indian cobras. As mentioned earlier that it is one of the few nest-building snakes and a nest may be built with in three days. They are ophiophagus.
Life span: The life span of king cobra has been reported for over 12 years in captivity.