Among herpetologists, the king cobra has been recognized to be the most intelligent snake species, no doubt about it. Building the nest, and guarding it, awareness, and amazing eyes sights have become a few reasons to give value to this species being remarkable.
King cobra is not only found in Bukit Lawang, it is a species of snake that can be found throughout the islands of Sumatra, Kalimantan, Java, Bali, Lombok, and Sulawesi.
SUMECO has secured more than eight king cobra nests in Bukit Lawang and other places around. They were mostly reported by the locals, who requested to remove the nests because the females laid the eggs and built the nests too close to private properties, one of the largest females was measured with length 4,3 meters and the male was 4,7 meters.
King cobra is the only snake species that build their own nest and guard it until a few days before they’re hatched. This nest-building behavior remains unusual among snakes. King cobra’s mating season in Sumatra begins from January to April and the most unique for this species, they remain together during the mating season. The females will drag the males to wherever she goes. The possibility of encontouring and conflicts are believed to be higher at the beginning of the mating season because males will roam in larger areas to find mates.