The Memphis Zoo Welcomes Carl the King Cobra and a Prehensile-Tailed Skink

June 24, 2014

The Memphis Zoo has added a king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) and a prehensile-tailed skink (Corucia zebrata) to its collection of reptiles at the zoo's herpetarium. Carl, as he is called, measures in at 10 feet long. The prehensile-tailed skink, as yet unnamed lives with a few others in its enclosure. One thing interesting with the prehensile-tailed skink is the mother and father will take care of their offspring (One offspring at a time) for six months to a year. They are from the Solomon Islands and live more than 20 years in captivity.

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King cobras are the largest venomous snake in the world and can grow to 12 to 14 feet in length. They are native to southern Asia to the Philippine islands and can live 12 to 20 years. Their primary food source is other snakes, including other cobras.

Carl the King Cobra

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Carl, the king cobra is a new resident at the Memphis Zoo's Herpetarium.


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