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Season 3, Episode 10

Dancing Cobras

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This week on THE ZOO viewers watched as our expert staff surgically implanted an osmotic pump under the skin of one of our king cobras in order to treat an infection. Good news, the snake is doing well since the surgery. In fact, we’re hoping to breed the snake to support this Vulnerable species.

You may think of king cobras as aggressive, but they’re also intelligent and have complex behaviors that set them apart from other snakes. For example, courtship between king cobras resembles a dance to some. As one of our keepers, Sam, wrote for WCS WildView, “The male will attempt to dominate and impress a female (above) with his large size wrapping around her body in an attempt to convince her that he is a suitable mate to bear offspring. This cobra dance can go on for quite some time before a female allows copulation.”

Read more from Sam about king cobras on WCS Wild View, and be sure to visit them on your next trip at the World of Reptiles.

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