Royal snake

Royal snake

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Royal snake: a poisonous and common snake in Asia

Main physical characteristics

The snake belongs to the family of the Elapids (family of suborder serpent scaled reptiles, also known as "snakes"), native to Southeast Asia and South Asia.

The royal snake is a species of snake that most naturally distinguishes itself from sex. Males are much larger than females, which is unusual, as in other snake species, females are generally larger than males.

It has a proteroglyphic dentition, which means two succulent, non-retractable prey, through which they carry the poison to their prey.

Its life expectancy is approximately 20 years (when in natural habitat). An adult species measures 3 to 4 meters in length, but there has been a record of a king snake measuring 5.85 m.

Snake Feeding

Its diet is carnivorous and its diet is basically based mainly on other snakes, poisonous or not. However, they also feed on eggs, lizards and small mammals.


The snake lives mainly in bamboo groves, rainforests and undergrowth areas. It moves very skillfully in both water and land between trees and vegetation.

Attack, Defense, and Poison Potency

It is known as one of the most poisonous species, not for the potency of its poison, but for the amount of toxins that are released in one bite. Its prey measures an average of 1.3 cm and releases a lethal dose of poison, which, depending on volume and power combination, can kill a large animal within hours. An adult human can die within 15 minutes if bitten and does not receive adequate medical attention quickly.

Its poison basically has neurotoxins that attack the brain, central nervous system and spinal cord. In this sense, an individual bitten by a snake may die from respiratory arrest.


The snake lives in pairs, which is not common to the species. In the mating phase the male and female intertwine and remain so for some time.

The nest is built in two parts, below are the eggs and on top is the female who is protecting the eggs. Twenty to fifty eggs are laid. The incubation lasts from 60 to 90 days. Shortly before the birth of the young, the female snake leaves the nest.


- The snake is a figure belonging to mythology in the Far East, being widely used as a model for statues, decorations and jewelry.

“They are also well known for being used by snake charmers, very common in South Asia.

Like most snakes, the snake is shy and shuns human contact. However, contact with them requires a lot of care and attention, because if surrounded, it can become aggressive and attack.

- The snake has been threatened with extinction since 2010. Its conservation status is threatened and vulnerable.

Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Animalia

Philo: Chordata

Class: Reptilia

Order: Squamata

Suborder: Snakes

Family: Elapidae

Genus: Ophiophagus

Species: O. hannah