|Snake House located in the Asia section of the park|
At Terra Natura Wild Life park you can actually get to see a real King Cobra snake housed in a specially constructed snake house. The cobra is a venomous snake and the poison from a single bite could kill an elephant in less than 15 minutes! Here you get not to see just one but two cobras!
|Frank resting his head on a rock.... sssssssssssss|
The keepers are not allowed any direct contact with the snakes. Cameras have been installed within the snake house and the area is sectioned off into quarters with doors so that they can be contained if necessary - food and medication, if required, is placed through a hatch so that there is no direct contact.
The facility is reinforced with safety glass and the temperature is maintained via a special heating system, keeping it at a constant 28 degrees in half of the area and a toasty 30 degrees in the other half - the two snake are kept apart.
|He'd make a few pairs of shoes!|
When the two cobra arrived at Terra Natura they were chipped, obviously whilst under sedation and are kept under observation to analyse behavior and habits.
The King Cobras venom is neurotoxic which causes paralysis, severe pain, blurred vision and drowsiness. Death from the bite is due to respiratory failure. The venom of the King Cobra is produced in salivary glands located behind the snakes eyes.
|The closest I'll get to a cobra .. a plastic one!|
You can see a video clip of Frank on the attached link
Now that you've seen the photos and watched the video why not enter the competition to win a pair of tickets to see Frank in the flesh - which are valid until 31st December 2012! Answer the following two questions:
What is a Cobras natural diet ?
How long is Frank?
Email your answers by Monday 18th June to:
The lucky winner of last months monkey competition was Lynn Thompson from Co Durham
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