The king cobra's primary predators are the mongoose and various birds of prey. King cobras prefer eating other snakes but also prey on rodents, lizards and birds.
The king cobra is the world's largest venomous snake and can reach lengths of over 18 feet. Popular in zoos, king cobras are native to India, southern China, Southeast Asia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
King cobras have venom capable of killing an elephant but prefer to avoid contact with humans. Nesting females are an exception, and they can attack without provocation. King cobras are threatened by habitat destruction and human persecution, so they are legally protected in India.