There are many adaptations that make the king cobra a fierce predator, including deadly venom and excellent eyesight. They are also both highly mobile and excellent swimmers, while their hoods are very useful for warning away would-be predators.
Like all snakes, king cobras are able to sense vibrations through their jaw bones and can smell and taste the air with their tongues. However, they have better eyesight than many other snakes, with an ability to see up to 330 feet. In addition to being fast, king cobras can raise more than one-third of their body off the ground to warn off predators. This also allows them to strike over much longer distances than many other snakes.