The King Cobra is the largest venomous snake and is native to India and throughout Southeast Asia and is listed as vulnerable.
Reasons for vulnerable status - Habitat destruction (deforestation, expansion of agricultural land), poaching (for meat, skin for medicine)
Conservation efforts - The king cobra is listed in CITES Appendix II. It is protected in China and Vietnam. In India, it is placed under Schedule II of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. Killing a king cobra is punished with imprisonment of up to six years.
King Cobra Facts -
Science Name: Ophiophagus hannah
Length: 3.18 - 4 m
Weight: 5 - 10 kg
Native Locations: Asia
Lifespan: 20 years
Conservation status: Vulnerable (VU)
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