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Blue Krait

The Common Krate or the Indian Krate is one of the ‘big four’ species of poisonous snakes that are known to inflict the most snakebites on humans in India, especially in the jungle areas.

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

    Other Names Indian Krate, Common Krate
    Length Up to 5 ft 9 in (average: 3 ft)
    Color Beige to off white rings on black to bluish black base
    Distribution Indian subcontinent from Sindh (Pakistan) to the West Bengal plains, and throughout South India and Sri Lanka; also recorded in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal
    Habitat Mostly prefer jungles; fields and low scrub jungle, termite mounds, brick piles, rat holes, even inside houses; love staying close to water source
    Diet Other snake species; also cannibalizes other kraits (adults and youngs); small mammals like rats and mice, lizards and frogs; young snakes prey upon arthropods
    Venom Fact Highly venomous
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)

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    Published on December 7th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 4th May 2017.

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