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Cobras, Kraits, and Coral Snakes
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Cobras, Kraits, and Coral Snakes

Cobras and coral snakes, along with the Asian krait, are reptile relatives with deadly powers. The family they belong to — the Elapidae — contains some of the most venomous snakes in the world.

Explore the characteristics and behaviors of these fearsome snakes that, like a lot of venomous species, don’t really go looking for trouble.

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Civilization vs. Cobra

Civilization vs. Cobra

Watch researchers attempt to capture a king cobra in a South Indian village to fit it with a tracking device. Little is known of the snake’s habits in its shrinking natural habitat. More...

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National Geographic
Cobra vs. Mongoose

Cobra vs. Mongoose

The mongoose may be lightning-fast, but one bite from this cobra will end its life. Who will win this exciting battle? More...

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National Geographic
Coral Snakes

Coral Snakes

The adjacent caution colors of red and yellow usually work to identify most venomous U.S. coral snakes — but not so much in parts of Florida or in South America. Find out more. More...

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Reptiles Magazine
Eastern Coral Snakes

Eastern Coral Snakes

The venomous Eastern Coral Snake inhabits the southeastern United States. The reclusive reptile doesn’t go looking for trouble, but will strike if disturbed. More...

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National Geographic
How Coral Snakes Cause Excruciating Pain

How Coral Snakes Cause Excruciating Pain

Find out what it is about the venom of some coral snake species that makes sensory neurons in prey fire more intensely, maxing out the pain experience. More...

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National Geographic
Interview: Rom Whitaker, Reptile Expert

Interview: Rom Whitaker, Reptile Expert

Rom Whitaker founded India’s first snake park. He’s spent a lifetime protecting snakes and other reptiles, including endangered crocodilians. Read about his dangerous encounters with cobras. More...

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NATURE/PBS
King Cobras

King Cobras

The iconic king cobra, frequent star of the big screen, makes any film scarier. Measuring up to 18 feet long, this southern Asian snake can pack enough venom to kill an elephant. More...

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National Geographic
Ms. Adventure: King Snake Mimicry

Ms. Adventure: King Snake Mimicry

Trying to fool predators, the king snake mimics the bright colors of the venomous coral snake. See for yourself and learn a fun rhyme to help you remember which one’s which. More...

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Animal Planet
Reptiles: Cobra

Reptiles: Cobra

Specialized muscles in the neck allow cobras to create their intimidating hoods. A loud hiss adds to the effect, Discover more. More...

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San Diego Zoo

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