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The World Record for the Longest Venomous Snake

The longest venomous snake in the world is the king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah), also called the hamadryad, which has a wide range over India and southeast Asia and averages 3.65-4.57m (12-15ft) in length. A 5.54m (18ft 2in) specimen captured alive near Fort Dickson in the state of Negri Sembilan, Malaysia, in April 1937, later grew to 5.71m (18ft 9in) in London Zoo, UK. It was destroyed at the outbreak of war, in 1939, to avoid the risk of escape. The king cobra is one of the few snakes known to feed almost exclusively on other snakes.