The king cobra is the largest poisonous snake on the planet. It inhabits the jungles and tropical grasslands of Asia, from India to Southern China and down to Indonesia. Although the snake does eat birds and rodents, it enjoys preying on other snakes. It Latin name literally means "snake eater" and it has enough venom in its fangs to kill a fully grown elephant. The snake uses its venom both as a means of killing its prey and as defence. When threatened, the snake's first tactic is to intimidate its attacker. It spreads rib muscles, revealing the distinctive hood on its neck. If that fails, the cobra strikes. The venom shuts down the victim's organs and kill it instantly. Although humans clear the snake's habitat for farming, encounters are uncommon. The cobra's natural predators include mongooses and birds of prey. 

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