King Cobra

King Cobra – Hypnotism

King Cobra illustrated by Ravenari


Feminism, a connection to the goddess, women’s magic, hypnotism, vibrations, working with vibration, sound healing, using sound to enchant and bewitch, witchcraft, having clear warning signs, letting others know where you stand, protecting who and what you care for, being fiercely protective, communion with the spirits, protective symbols and charms, warding yourself and your environment, shielding, extraordinary self-control.

General Description:

The king cobra is found in India, Southeast Asia, the Philippines and Indonesia and are the world’s longest, venomous snake. Despite their name, they are not a true cobra. They live in dense highland forests, bamboo thickets, mangrove swamps and agricultural areas. They prefer to be near water sources. They primarily feed on other snakes such as ratsnakes, pythons and venomous snakes like other cobras and kraits. They will also take other vertebrates. They will sometimes constrict their prey using its body, but this is uncommon. They have a slow metabolic rate, and after a meal they can survive for months without another one. They are intelligent, diurnal, fast and agile, and live approximately 20 years. Their primary senses are chemical information through their forked tongue, their sight and picking up vibration with their body. Overall, they are a secretive species.

Females are a dedicated parent, making a nest of leaves and debris that covers her eggs, where she remains to guard the eggs from animals until they hatch. Juveniles are nervous, alert and very aggressive if disturbed. They are naturally predated upon by the mongoose, which has a natural resistance to its venom. The king cobra prefers to avoid humans, but can be aggressive if provoked; rearing up, flaring the neck, showing fangs and hissing. Adults can bite and hold on, and they can be fatal to humans, with a mortality rate of 50-60%. They are threatened by forest destruction. King cobras are often utilised by female snake charmers in Burma who often tattoo themselves with pictograms to prevent envenomation. Notably, the growl/hiss of the king cobra is different to other snakes, being more of a very low growl, than a hiss.