Thursday, May 11


4 snakes that eat other snakes

by Staff writer

In the snake kingdom, the only way to become king is to feed on other snakes.

Here are four snakes who are masters in the game of eating other snakes:

1. Kingsnake

Kingsnakes are one of the most common snakes in North America. Like other members of this list, they are called "king snakes" because they eat other snakes. Kingsnakes are non-venomous snakes, popular among pet owners.

2. King Brown Snake

The king brown snake is considered to be Australia's most widespread venomous snake. A highly adaptable species, the king brown snake can be found in an impressive range of habitats, from tropical rainforest to savannah and desert.

3. King Ratsnake

The king ratsnake is a species of colubrid snakes found in Southeast Asia and East Asia. The king ratsnake is a large, heavy-bodied constrictor. Except for a few groups (like the deadly African boomslang and twig snakes), most colubrid snakes are not venomous and are generally not harmful to humans.

4. King cobra

The famous king cobra is the longest of all venomous snakes. Reaching up to 18 feet (5.5 meters) in length, this is one snake that can literally "stand up" and look a full-grown person in the eye! The species is endemic to Asia, found predominantly in Indian forests. King cobras are notorious for eating other snakes, in fact they actually prefer it.
Their scientific name, Ophiophagus hannah, came from this particular quality.


A King Cobra In Action:

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