You can call me Kat, Trina or Hurricane. Just an average 18 year old Aries with a love for anime, fashion, music and art. I've got too much time on my hands and not enough food in the fridge. Yes I've gone through hard times, but like a phoenix, I'll rise from the ashes with determination, drive and chocolate covered pretzels.
Every year thousands of people in southern Asia die from poisonous snake bites. Both people and other poisonous snakes live in fear of the king cobra, one of the most deadly snakes of all.
Habits The king cobra is numerous in the dense highland forests of southern Asia and has been found living at 6,500 feet above sea level in the mountains of India. It is active by day and night, but it is rarely seen. The king cobra seems to prefer living near water, and if disturbed it will often make its escape by slipping into a nearby stream and swimming away. It is also a good climber and can pursue its prey into the trees if necessary.
Breeding The king cobra sheds its skin at the beginning of breeding season, and in the female, molting triggers the release of a scent called a pheromone that attracts the male to her. The male entwines his body around the female while they mate, and the pair may stay locked together for hours. Male and female cobras are thought to pair for life, which is unusual in snakes. They cooperate to find a nest site. The female lays twenty to fifty white eggs in a hollow in the center of the nest, while the male guards against predators. A newly hatched king cobra is glossy black with pale yellow stripes, and measures approximately 20 inches in length. It is able to hunt for food almost immediately.
The king cobra is the longest of all the venomous snakes, and its bite is lethal. It has been known to kill a person in 15 minutes, but despite this, the king cobra is really a shy, secretive animal and will avoid a fight if it can.
Food & hunting The king cobra is a dangerous adversary. It will even attack pythons and highly venomous snake species like the krait and other cobras, as well as large lizards. It smells with its forked tongue, which it uses for tracking the scent of its prey through the dense forest undergrowth. When the cobra gets close to its prey, it relies on its eyesight to spot its victim before striking it and subduing it with a massive dose of venom. Having poisoned its victim, the cobra swallows it while it is still struggling- this can be a lengthy process. To make swallowing its prey easier, the cobra’s lower jaws are composed of two independent bones that are loosely attached to its skull; this allows the snake to swallow an animal that is thicker than its own head. The prey is slowly drawn into the cobra’s stomach by alternate movements of the snake’s two lower jawbones, while the snake’s skin stretches to accommodate the bulk. Swallowing large prey can take many hours, but the cobra will not eat again for several weeks. Interestingly, the king cobra will often share its sleeping quarters with potential prey.
King cobra & man The king cobra’s half-inch-long fangs are capable of delivering more venom than those of any other snake except the gaboon viper. The king cobra is most aggressive when it is guarding its eggs. In India, if a nest is found near a village, the area will often be evacuated. Nevertheless, stories of enraged king cobras are probably exaggerated. A king cobra with no eggs to defend will usually disappear into the undergrowth if approached.
Did you know? • A king cobra can inject enough venom to kill a fully grown Indian elephant within 3 hours, provided it bites a sensitive spot such as the tip of the trunk. • Because of its slow metabolic rate, the king cobra can survive for months without eating. • Snakes are deaf to most sounds, but they are sensitive to vibrations transmitted through the ground and are easily frightened away by heavy footsteps. • In Burma, king cobras are used in snake charming acts. • Under threat, the king cobra can raise itself up to one-third of its length. In some cases, this can make it taller than the average man.
Key facts Average length: 13 ft. Record length: 18 ft. Sexual maturity: 5-6 years. Breeding season: Mates in January, builds nest in April. Eggs: 20-50. Incubation: 60-70 days. Lifespan: Normally 20 years.
Conservation Although its numbers may have been reduced by the loss of its habitat in some parts of its range, the king cobra is not an endangered animal.
Also known as Hydrophiinae, these snakes as you may have guessed, get their names from the fact that they are found in the sea. I am not scared of snakes, quite like them in fact, but these are what would scare me the most out of this top ten list. Something about things in water that frightens me a little, their long slender bodies flying through the sea at such speeds is enough to stop me going in. I have never been a fan of eels.
Even though they live in water, they do not have gills, so must come up for air when needed. They have a huge lung which runs through almost its entire body length. But this snake is even more unusual. It can actually breathe through its skin, allowing longer dives underwater,
Anyway, sea snakes are extremely venemous, and could kill large groups of people with one dose. Although they rarely bite when not provoked. Their venom can cause a variety of problems if untreeted, even though teh bite is actually usually painless. Sea snake venom may cause breakdown of muscle tissues, paralysis, pain all over the body and kidney failure.
provide enough detail to give the reader a sense of the character’s physical appearance
highlight details that serve as clues to who the character is and perhaps what their life is like
describe clothing to establish character or when relevant to scene
go overboard with too many details or take up too much of the reader’s time describing one character
repetitively describe features or fixate on certain characteristics
describe clothing every time the character shows up unless its somehow relevant to the scene.
describe minor characters’ clothing in-depth unless it’s relevant
Choose a Focal Point
When describing a character’s appearance, choose a focal point and work up or down from there. For example, you may describe them from head to toe, or from toe to head. Try not to skip around. If you’re describing their face, start with their hair and work your way down to their mouth, or start at the mouth and work your way up to their hair.
Describing Race and Ethnicity
There is a lot of debate about the right and wrong way to describe a person’s race. If you want, you can state that a person is Black, white, Hispanic, Native American, First Nations, Latino, Middle-Eastern, Asian, Pacific Islander, etc. Just remember that races are made up of different ethnic groups. Someone of Asian descent could be Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, etc. If you’re describing a character whose ethnicity is unknown or not important to the plot, you could just say that they were Asian or Black, for example. But, the rest of the time you need to be clear about whether they are Chinese, Chinese American, Korean, etc. Also, remember that not all Black people are African-American, such as someone born in England or Haiti, for example.
You may instead choose to describe a character’s race through the color of their hair, eyes, and skin. It’s up to you which you feel most comfortable with and is most appropriate for your story. Just remember, if you describe one character’s skin color or otherwise make an issue of their race, you should describe every character’s skin color or race.
Just like with physical appearance, when describing clothing you want to choose a focal point and work up or down. Think about things like the garments they’re wearing (pants, shirt, coat) and accessories (hat, jewelry, shoes). Be sure to choose clothing which are both relevant to your character and to the time and place where your story is set. You can find out about appropriate clothing by Googling the time and place your story is set plus the word clothing:
"Clothing in Victorian England" "Clothing in 1960s New York" "9th century Viking clothing"
Be sure to look for web sites that aren’t providing cheap Halloween costumes. Shops providing clothes for historical reenactors are often very accurate.
Looking for Inspiration
There are many resources online for both historical and modern clothing. For historical clothing, you can look for web sites about the period, web sites for or about historical reenactors, or web pages for historical enthusiasts or museums. For modern clothing, you can simply pull up the web site of your favorite department store or clothing designer. Choose an outfit that works for your character, then learn how to describe the relevant parts.