How to Draw a King Cobra

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a King Cobra in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the King Cobra.

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How to Draw a King Cobra - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw a king cobra! Starting with head, draw a shape that looks like a short question mark, making the end very pointy.

Step 2: Draw in the neck by tracing lines going down on either side of the head.

Step 3: Draw the inner part of the body by having the lines go off to the right side and making the end pointy as well.

Step 4: Draw in the rest of the body by looping the lines around so that they are a figure-eight! But be careful! Don't draw your lines over the front of the king cobra's body as the tail is going around the back of the body instead.

Step 5: Now draw in short lines across the front of the cobra's body for detail.

Step 6: In the face, make a dot in the middle of a circle for the eye. Trace two short lines at the front of the head for nostrils. Last, draw a short tongue sticking out of the cobra's mouth. There's your king cobra! When king cobras hiss, did you know that they sound more like growling dogs than the typical “S” sound most snakes make? Did you know that the venom of a baby king cobra is just as strong as an adult's?

Interesting Facts about King Cobras

King cobras are one of the most venomous snakes in the world. They are also the longest snakes; they can be as long as 18 feet! Their venom is extremely poisonous, but they rarely ever attack humans. One single bite produces enough venom to kill an elephant.

Did you know?

  • Although the king cobra is very poisonous, it is actually not the most poisonous snake in the world.
  • King cobras come from southern parts of China, India, and Southeast Asia.
  • King cobras are known for their hoods, which flare up when they want to scare off predators.
  • King cobras are the only snakes in the world that build nests for their eggs.
  • When king cobras hiss, they actually sound more like growling dogs than the typical “S” sound snakes make.
  • When baby king cobras are born, they are about 14 inches long. Their venom is just as strong as adult king cobras.

King cobras can stand at a height of three or six feet, depending on their body size. If the hood is flared out while the king cobra is standing, that means it is trying to threaten another animal. If the hood is not flared out, that usually means it is just trying to see over bushes or other objects.