The king cobra is the longest venomous snake in the world and when it catches a glimpse of the mangrove snake climbing the trees nearby, it lays eagerly in wait.


King cobras are native to Asia and found throughout the dense highland forests of India and southeast regions of the continent. Growing to lengths of nearly twenty feet, the impressive king cobra earned its name for a reason. Its genus Ophiophagus literally means “snake eater” on account of its dietary preferences, consisting primarily of other snakes, including other cobras.

Boiga dendrophila, Mangrove cat snake - Khao Sok National Park

These snakes boast some of the most powerful venom in the world. It contains neurotoxins highlighted by the potent haditoxin, which affects the central nervous systems of envenomed victims. Bites result in extreme pain and paralysis of the body. If left untreated, the toxins will eventually cause cardiovascular arrest.

King cobras feed by immobilizing their prey and then swallowing them whole.

In this video, a venomous mangrove snake hunting a bird unwittingly becomes a meal itself.

Check out a few other cool snake clips: a cottonmouth snake eating a rattlesnake, these black mambas duking it out, and this giant anaconda killing and eating a crocodile.