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King Cobra v Reticulated Python
Topic Started: Jul 30 2012, 08:35 PM (11,722 Views)
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King Cobra - Ophiophagus hannah
The king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) is the world's longest venomous snake, with a length up to 5.6 m (18.5 ft). This species, which preys chiefly on other snakes, is found predominantly in forests from India through Southeast Asia to Indonesia and the Philippines. The king cobra averages at 3 to 4 m (9.8 to 13 ft) in length and typically weighs about 6 kg (13 lb). The king cobra's generic name, Ophiophagus is a Greek-derived word which means "snake-eater", and its diet consists primarily of other snakes, including ratsnakes, small pythons and even other venomous snakes such as various members of the true cobras (of the genus Naja), and even the much more venomous members of the krait family.

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Reticulated Python - Python reticulatus
Python reticulatus, also known as the (Asiatic) reticulated python is a species of python found in Southeast Asia. Adults can grow to over 8.7 m (28 feet) in length but normally grow to an average of 3-6 meters (10–20 feet). The python lives in rain forests, woodland and nearby grassland. It is also associated with rivers and is found in areas with nearby streams and lakes. An excellent swimmer, it has even been reported far out at sea and has consequently colonized many small islands within its range. Their natural diet includes mammals and occasionally birds. Small specimens—up to 3–4 meters (10–14 ft) long—eat mainly rodents such as rats, whereas larger individuals switch to prey such as Viverridae (e.g. civets and binturongs), and even primates and pigs. Near human habitation, they are known to snatch stray chickens, cats and dogs on occasion. The longest reticulated python recorded was 10.05m (33ft). Despite its impressive length the record weight for a reticulated python is 145kg (320lbs), far less than the maximum weight of the Green Anaconda. As a result of its slender, less bulkier, build the reticulated python is a far more agile snake.

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Reticulated python vs. king cobra
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poison
Aug 2 2012, 08:02 AM
ok 15 vs 20 foot it is enough for a quick easy death. A snake that size will kill a retic python as quick as it kils a 15 foot retic. The venom is LETHAL>


We all know the five extra feet will not save the retic from the venom of this cobra. IT can happen sometimes the retic will win if the cobra doesnt pump enough venom in and get a good grip. BUt most times the cobra will win like it always does. Like a lion killing a zebra.


We know that a 15 foot cobra will see a 15 foot retic as prey and can swallow the retic. It wont be able to move till the digestion is started.
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We all know the five extra feet will not save the retic from the venom of this cobra.


it actually might, in the retics case, the longer the python the more robust and heavier. This isn't typical predator vs prey like you keep suggesting, since when is a cobra ever going to challenge a fully grown retic python? That's way too risky and the cobra would be far better off preying on juveniles or smaller python species. A lion might be able to take a zebra alone but for the cobra the retic is more like a rhino, bigger, stronger, heavier built and too much of a risk to be considered fair game. Think about it, in a lion vs rhino conflict you might see the lion as the predator but who would be the one ending up being gored or trampled?
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Aug 2 2012, 07:08 AM
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Aug 2 2012, 06:52 AM
why on earth would the python start eating the cobras head is it a garter snake? does the python eat other snakes? what would make the python do something so stupid?


no sorry the king cobra evolved to kill snakes safely by not getting killed in the process size means nothing a python the same size as a the king cobra can easily strangle the cobra and kill it but the venom protects the cobra. YOu think you need an adult python to kill a cobra without venom? A small python can kill it easy with no venom by strangling it.
Yes, but strangling takes some time, while a large phython can simply bite the cobra in half!
biting in half might have been a little bit of an exaggeration, the python doesn't have the bite pressure or tooth design for that.
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no way not like a rhino, the cobra will not use power or brute force to kill the python it will cheat and use its venom and will do it really easy

Like a lion killing a zebra

We know cobras kill pythons the same size as them an 18 foot cobra will easily kill and eat a 18 foot retic

Now a 20 foot retic is 2 foot larger no big deal it will kill the retic try to eat it and spit it back out, SNAKE eating snakes like cobras and king snakes are stupid as hell they will eat any snake no matter what they will die trying even.

If i put my king snake with an anconda the king snake wont just sit there and live with it, the king snake will try to eat it. DO a test handle a python and wave the python in a king snakes face then put the python back and handle the king snake. THE king snake will try to eat your hand. They dont care about size they will often try to take snakes bigger than they are. They can kill them but they cant eat them always.

If its a bit heavier they can still eat it and wait for it to digest.


Here is a king cobra eating a king cobra

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkllVB_4IP8

Im sorry but snake eating snakes dont have fear of other snakes ever.


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king eating another python


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another king chomping down on a python lol
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Python wins, venom is supposedly less effective on cold blooded animals than warm blooded ones.
Edited by Tyrant, Aug 2 2012, 12:50 PM.
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poison
Aug 2 2012, 09:41 AM
no way not like a rhino, the cobra will not use power or brute force to kill the python it will cheat and use its venom and will do it really easy

Like a lion killing a zebra

We know cobras kill pythons the same size as them an 18 foot cobra will easily kill and eat a 18 foot retic

Now a 20 foot retic is 2 foot larger no big deal it will kill the retic try to eat it and spit it back out, SNAKE eating snakes like cobras and king snakes are stupid as hell they will eat any snake no matter what they will die trying even.

If i put my king snake with an anconda the king snake wont just sit there and live with it, the king snake will try to eat it. DO a test handle a python and wave the python in a king snakes face then put the python back and handle the king snake. THE king snake will try to eat your hand. They dont care about size they will often try to take snakes bigger than they are. They can kill them but they cant eat them always.

If its a bit heavier they can still eat it and wait for it to digest.


Here is a king cobra eating a king cobra

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkllVB_4IP8

Im sorry but snake eating snakes dont have fear of other snakes ever.


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king eating another python


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another king chomping down on a python lol
lions don't "cheat" when killing zebras also the python is a lot more robust, heavier, and powerful that's why i compare it to a rhino also realistically i don't think the average king gets 18 feet neither am sure the average retic gets 20 ft, I think perhaps in length their would be a bigger difference in average weights. Also you make your point king cobras and specialist snake eaters but that doesn't mean any snake of any size is fair game, you really think your 4 lb. kingsnake would even so much as attempt to fight a good sized anaconda? You're kidding right? The snake isn't that stupid that's plain ridiculous.
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I couldn't find an exact average weight for a retic but I think it would be some where around 100 lbs. from what I read while king cobra's usually are around 18 lb. do you really see the cobra beating the python now. Someone please feel free to correct me on the retics weight theirs hardly any info on how much a normal sized adult retic would grow.
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Poison, lookat this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcFyHyLVwfk
Eventually the python died bc it was bitten at the beginning of the fight, but it took an awfully long time, and the python was much smaller than the cobra. Now imagine if it were a giant python, do you really think the poison would have killed or incapaciated it before being reduced like spaghetti by the constrictor? That is, assuming the cobra manages to bite the python, which is by no means certain. A 18 feet king cobra is an exceptionally large one and would correspond to a 30 ft, 100+ kg python. Considering that the King cobra is a thin bodied snake, that would probably mean at least a 10-12 fold weight difference. Definetively the cobra wouldn't regard it as a prey item and would probably give it a wide berth.
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Regrading the video above, according to a comment the firefighters captured both snakes alive. That would just confirm my suspicion that even a small size python is not such an easy prey for a king cobra.
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poison
Jul 31 2012, 07:07 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaGRZ9iqkRQ


this python is huge does not matter the size it will die
Ever considered that's the wrong species?
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what about a 10m reticukated phyton, and a 5,5m cobra? tha phyton would wegh around 10 times as much, and even at parity it´s head is much alrger. yes, it could bite in half such a slender animal with a decent size advantage.
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theropod
Aug 2 2012, 07:29 PM
what about a 10m reticukated phyton, and a 5,5m cobra? tha phyton would wegh around 10 times as much, and even at parity it´s head is much alrger. yes, it could bite in half such a slender animal with a decent size advantage.
Doubt it. Pythons have extremly weak bites, and there teeth are not made for cutting.
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you think that something as slender as a cobra woundl´t die on the spot if bitten by a huge phyton? whether it cuts or not, it will easily be enough to break the spine.
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Aug 2 2012, 11:11 PM
you think that something as slender as a cobra woundl´t die on the spot if bitten by a huge phyton? whether it cuts or not, it will easily be enough to break the spine.
I think it would rather aim the head, otherwise, the kobra would bite it.
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If it can catch the head. I imagine just biting the body to be easier
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Aug 2 2012, 11:20 PM
If it can catch the head. I imagine just biting the body to be easier
Than the cobra would turn and bite it. Still, this would be a victory for the Python, because the Cobra dies at first.
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