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Banded Krait

The Banded Krait snake is a species brightly-colored serpent that is well known for their strong venom. This common snake is spread across a large area throughout the Indian subcontinent and the adjacent geographic regions.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Elapidae
    Genus Bungarus
    Scientific Name Bungarus fasciatus


    Length Up to 6 ft 11 in
    Color Bright yellow arrow-head markings on black base
    Distribution Bangladesh, Indo-Chinese subregion, the Malaysian peninsula and archipelago, southern China, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and southern China (including Hong Kong), Philippines to Malaysia and the main Indonesian islands of Borneo (Java and Sumatra), as well as Singapore.

    In India, it has been recorded from Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Northeast India, Odisha, Assam, Tripura, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and West Bengal.

    Habitat Grass, pits, drains (most active at night and especially during the rains)
    Diet Mainly feeds on other snakes; also consume fish, frogs, skinks, and snake eggs
    Venom Fact Venomous
    Breeding Season Summer to monsoon
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 8 eggs (average)
    IUCN Conservation Status LC

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    Published on December 7th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

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