Snakes are a real threat to people living in the United Kingdom, and below are some of the common snakes found here.
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- Giant powerfully built snake.
- Up to 5.5m in length and 9 kg in weight.
- Varies but mainly olive-green or black coloured with pale yellow cross bands along the body.
- The underbelly may be pale yellow or cream.
- The Head of a full-grown snake can be massive and bulky.
- King Cobra has proteroglyph dentition — two short, fixed fangs in the front of the jaw channelling venom into the prey.
- The Male is much larger than the female.
- Hatchlings are 45–50 cm long and banded in black and white.
- The mating season is January.
- Female lays up to 50 eggs and coils atop them for 60–80 days incubation period.
- Averagely can live up to 20 years.
- Generally, its diet is composed of other snakes but may also feed on other small animals such as lizards, birds, and rodents.
- Is shy and avoid humans whenever possible but are fiercely aggressive when cornered.
- A diurnal species.
- Capable of flattening its upper body by spreading its ribs and forming the distinctive ‘hood’ about its neck.
- Its venom is primarily neurotoxic, which attacks the victim’s central nervous system and immediately causes severe pain, blurred vision, vertigo, drowsiness, paralysis, to death.