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King Cobra comes to the BioPark

Adult king cobras can reach up to 18 feet

In April the BioPark acquired two deadly sea snakes. Now it has added another deadly herpetological specimen to the fold.

There is no venomous snake in the world that can reach the length of a fully grown king cobra (up to 18 feet). But the BioPark says not to worry about this slithery 12-foot addition, who hails from Iowa. "Although king cobras are normally aggressive and eat other snakes, this cobra is quite docile and eats mice," the park writes in a press release.

But not so fast. The press release also says that fully grown cobras are capable of killing adult elephants, and that they show "signs of advanced thinking such as problem solving."

If I were locked in a cage and were an advanced problem solver, I can think of about one problem I would try to solve first. After accomplishing such a task, I could then think of a few other problems to solve—namely with the use of my almighty venom.


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