Long, graceful, powerful and deadly, the appropriately named king cobra, of southeastern Asia, holds an almost exalted position atop the hierarchy of the venomous snakes of the world. The king cobra, if challenged, responds by aggressively raising the forward third of its body, with its head several feet above the ground, and spreading the iconic hood around its neck. It issues a distinctive hiss, which sounds more like a snarl than a typical reptilian hiss. Confronted eye to eye, the king cobra poses an intimidating threat. Health and Medical Disclaimer Click Here.
Snake sex is every bit as peculiar as you would expect
BBC - Earth - Snake sex is every bit as peculiar as you would expect
As a group, snakes exhibit a variety of reproductive strategies. Some snakes invest little in each offspring, and deposit several egg clutches per season, while others invest greatly in each individual offspring and only give birth to a litter once every second or third year. Among those that invest heavily in their offspring, the King cobra constructs a nest for their eggs. King cobras Ophiophagus hannah are the largest venomous snakes in the world, occasionally reaching up to 18 feet. Found throughout Southeast Asia, from India to Indonesia and the Philippines, king cobras reside in forests, savannahs, mangrove swamps and agricultural areas.
Female snake living in captivity without a male companion gives birth – again
FAMILY planning campaigners looking for a mascot should consider the eastern diamond-backed rattlesnake. A female of the species can store sperm in her body for at least five years before using it. The rattlesnake Crotalus adamanteus in question was collected in Florida in and kept in a private collection for five years, with no contact with other snakes. In late , she unexpectedly gave birth to 19 snakelets.
We used to assume that male snakes were in charge and females were largely passive, but that has proved to be spectacularly wrong. The anaconda's swollen body suggested she was full of food, so Rivas waited for her to throw up: snakes often vomit after a meal if they have over-eaten or are stressed, to make themselves lighter so they can flee. But instead of a typical prey, like a capybara, a reptilian tail started emerging from her mouth. The female anaconda had eaten one of her most recent sexual partners, a phenomenon known as sexual cannibalism. Her startling action is part of a growing body of evidence that we have misunderstood how snakes have sex.