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The first book on the deadly snake – The King Cobra

Cobra

16th May, 2019

The king cobra, the longest venomous snake in the world, is found in Borneo and widely distributed across much of Asia. Its name Ophiophagus is indicative of its cannibalistic behaviour; its diet is comprised exclusively of snakes, including its own kind.

The enormous lengths that the king cobra can reach, combined with an intimidating threat display and possession of highly neurotoxic venom, have led to it being greatly feared by many. It is widely considered as one of the most formidable snakes in the world!

Well-known natural history publisher Datuk C.L. Chan (left) has announced the release of a new book entitled King Cobra: Natural History and Captive Management by Tom Charlton (right), a herpetologist and wildlife photographer based in the United Kingdom.

The author’s interest lies predominantly with the herpetofauna of Southeast Asia, in particular its snakes, having made numerous trips out to this region since his first visit to Borneo in 2004.

Back home in England, he works with several expedition and wilderness medicine training providers across the UK to develop and present specialist lectures on awareness of venomous snakes. He has recently begun working in snake control and management in Central Province, Papua New Guinea.

This book is the first account ever written about this deadly serpent. It is profusely illustrated with excellent photographs, details the natural history of the king cobra, looking closely at all aspects of its life including distribution, diet, reproduction and venom, as well as its relationship with humans and conservation, according to Chan.

   
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