The king cobra uses its venom during hunting and for defensive purposes. The green anaconda on the other hand uses its physical strength to hunt and defend itself. This means that it is difficult to predict how a fight between these two animals is likely to go.
King Cobra Facts and Information
- Scientific name is Ophiophagus Hannah.
- Also known as hamadryad.
- Native to and mostly found in South Asian countries including India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia and southern China.
- Live in dense rainforests with massive undergrowth.
- Average lifespan is 20 years.
- Can grow to a length of 18 feet. Average length is 13 feet.
- Longest among the venomous snakes on earth.
- Can weigh up to 9 kg (20 pounds.)
- Are cannibalistic animals i.e. they sometimes eat other king cobras.
- Venom works by asphyxiation i.e. shutting down the lungs, heart and nervous system.
- Carnivorous animals that mostly feeds on other snakes. Their other prey includes lizards, eggs and small animals.
- When attacking, they normally go for the base of the prey’s neck where they inject their deadly venom.
- Can raise its head to the height of a fully grown adult human.
- Have a high-pitched hissing sound that scares away potential attackers.
- Have enough poison to kill an elephant or between 20 and 40 people.
- Rarely attack humans.
- They try to avoid contact with humans but attack when rattled or if they feel threatened.
- Only snakes that hide their eggs in nests.
- They are the most popular among snake charmers of South Asian countries.
- They are deaf and can only ‘hear’ though vibrations on the ground.
- Generally considered to be more intelligent than other snakes. They showcase alertness and awareness to what is happening in their surroundings.
- Learn faster than other snakes and able to identify caretakers when in captivity.
- After mating, a female king cobra can store the sperm for several years before fertilization takes place.
- Females lay between 20 and 50 eggs in each reproduction cycle.
- Incubation period is between 60 and 90 days.
- Hatchlings have an average length of 14 inches.
- Hatchlings begin hunting after 10 days.
- Newly hatched king cobras also have deadly venom and are as alert as fully mature ones.
- Diurnal in nature i.e. hunt during the day and rest at night.
- Venom from king cobras is used in development of some strong painkillers, tuberculosis medication and cholera medication.
- Have a better eyesight when compared to other snakes.
- Color is green, brown, yellow, black or a combination these colors.
Green Anaconda Facts and Information
- Scientific name is Eunectes murinus.
- Also referred to as water boa, common anaconda or simply the anaconda.
- Endemic to and only found in the Amazon and Orinoco basins of South American countries including Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Trinidad, Guiana and Paraguay.
- Live in swampy and marshy areas with slow moving rivers
- Carnivorous animals that feed on turtles, deer, caimans, jaguars, wild pigs, birds, capybara etc.
- Have stretchable jaws that make it possible to swallow huge animals.
- After a heavy meal they can stay for several weeks or even months without eating anything else.
- Can grow to length of 30 feet.
- Can weigh up to 550 pounds.
- Diameter can be up to 12 inches.
- They are streamlined and move quickly in water.
- When hunting they submerge their entire bodies except for the top part of the head where nostrils and eyes are located. This makes it hard for potential prey to see them until they are within striking distance.
- In the wild the lifespan is about 10 years.
- After fertilization, eggs stay inside the female’s body.
- The female gives birth to between 20 and 40 hatchlings
- Newly born anacondas are about 2 feet long.
- Normally mate in the months of April and May.
- Gestation period is about 6 months.
- Females are way larger than males.
- Are not venomous. Kill prey by crushing and strangulation using muscles.
- Sometimes females eat males immediately after mating.
- Takes about 6 years to reach reproduction age.
King Cobra vs Green Anaconda Comparison Table
|Animals||King Cobra||Green Anaconda|
|Species||O. hannah||E. murinus|
|Average Adult Body Length||Averages at 9.8 to 13.1 ft||9.8 ft on average (Male), 15.1 ft on average (Female)|
|Average Weight||13 lb||66 to 154 lb|
|Area||Forests from India through Southeast Asia||South America|
|Weapons||Anaconda is not a venomous snake. It uses strong and muscular body to kill its prey.||Venomous fangs have half an inch in length. With just one bite, cobra can kill large elephant.|
|Average Life Span||20 years||10-12 years|
The duel between King Cobra vs Green Anaconda
Though the two animals have never been brought together for a fight, each one of them is a tough fighter with unique defensive mechanisms. They are adapted to different geographical and climatic conditions. This means that the location of the fight may determine the outcome of the fight.
The massive size of the anaconda makes it a potential winner. It will coil itself around the king cobra before squeezing it to death. Even if the cobra is relatively big compared to other reptiles, an anaconda has strengthened muscles with a grip that will strangle the cobra to death.
The king cobra is the kind of animal that will not give up that easily. Even if the anaconda is huge and strong, a cobra will put up a fight that may last for several hours. Cobras also have a deadly venom that will work to its advantage. If it manages to bite the anaconda, it will kill the anaconda within a few minutes or hours. As much as the anaconda is a massive animal it is not immune to the venom coming out of a king cobra.
In short, the anaconda can only win if it is fast enough to strike and crash the king cobra without being bitten. Otherwise the king cobra will win. The king cobra is also very fast when compared to other snakes. It would be therefore hard for an anaconda to outpace a king cobra. This may also work to the advantage of the cobra. If the cobra manages to bite the anaconda, the cobra may run to safety while leaving the anaconda for death.
It is also possible that both of them will die during the battle. The king cobra will die of strangulation will the anaconda will die of the venom from the cobra.
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