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ActiveRainPhotoBloggerContest - Is A Picture Worth A Thousand Words?

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, well have a look at the picture below.  Look at it close, take in the whole picture... do you see the thousand words?

 

King Cobra Snake feeding on a rat.


We had an occasion this past Saturday to visit the Reptilia Zoo and Education Facility located in the City of Vaughan at 2501 Rutherford Road.  You can see the smallest of reptilies to the largest Nile crocodile on display in Canada coming in at 14 feet long.

What you are seeing is a King Cobra having lunch.  Lunch is an eight inch long rat, brought into the zoo frozen, thawed out just before lunch time.  Our friend Mr. King Cobra is only fed once a week.  It took him just under an hour to finish lunch and get back to some modelling for all the spectators.

You may ask yourself, "why do you call him Mister", let us tell you that any snake especially this King Cobra coming in at 4.3 meters long with the potential of growing to 5.5 meters, that is 18 feet in that other language and being the largest venomous snake in the world and able to kill an elephant with one bite.  He gets our attention.

The King Cobra lives mainly in the rain forest and plains of India, southern China and southeast Asia.  The King Cobra's genus name is Ophiophagus, literally means "snake-eater" and it's main diet is other snakes even venomous snakes.  They are the only snake that builds a nest for their young.  The female builds the nest, lays 20-40 eggs and ferociously guards the nest until the eggs begin to crack open.  At this time instinct causes the female cobra to leave the nest to eat so she does not eat her young. 

The baby cobras when hatched are 45-55 centimeters long, are very aggressive and their venom is as deadly as an adult.

Our zookeeper, Andre informed us that most snakes have three forms of defense.  The first is to hide, the second is to flee and third is to attack.  When the King Cobra is threatened, it is capable of standing up to one third of it's length, it flattens it's neck ribs into a hood and makes a bone-chilling hiss.

If you were not able to see the thousands words when you looked at the picture, we hope our brief description of this deadly snake tells the story.  If you ever encounter one of these guys, get out of there.  They are fierce, agile and very deadly.

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