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Where is the King Cobra situated within the food chain?

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King cobras are considered tertiary consumers and are often the apex predator of a food web. According to Blue Planet Biomes, their only predators are human beings, birds of prey and the mongoose.

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King cobras primarily prey upon other snakes, many of which, in turn, hunt herbivores. Although they may be weaned onto conventional snake food such as rodents when in captivity, king cobras generally hunt other predators, including pythons and the Asian rat snake. Some cobras specialize in eating only one particular snake species. Their diet sometimes includes animals below predator snakes on the food chain, but they are not the cobra's preferred meal.

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    What eats a king cobra snake?

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    The mongoose is the natural predator of the king cobra snake, states the Encyclopædia Britannica. A small, carnivorous mammal native to Africa but also present in southern Asia and southern Europe, the mongoose is noted for its audacity and quickness when attacking venomous snakes.

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    What are some facts about king cobra babies?

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    Baby king cobras are born with venom that is as potent as the venom of their parents. Even before they're born, they benefit from parental care, which is unusual for many reptiles. Their mother, who actually builds a nest and lays between 18 and 50 eggs, guards the eggs until they hatch. The king cobra is the only snake known to build a nest.

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    What is the scientific name for king cobra?

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    The scientific name for a king cobra is Ophiophagus hannah. The king cobra can reach a length of up to 18.5 feet, the longest venomous snake on Earth. One-fifth of an ounce of its venom is powerful enough to kill as many as 20 adult humans.

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    What does a king cobra eat?

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    The king cobra is a carnivore, and it will eat other snakes, as well as lizards, frogs and small mammals. Cobras also eat a variety of birds, eggs, fish and chickens stolen from poultry farms.

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