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Red-Headed Krait

The Red-Headed Krait is a large size, poisonous snake that has a stunning coloration. Named after their crimson red head, they are found in Southeast Asia, and do not bear a strong biting instinct.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Family Elapidae
    Genus Bungarus
    Scientific Name Bungarus flaviceps


    Length 4 to 5 feet (recorded 7 feet)
    Color Bright red head and tail, a black body with low-lateral narrow bluish white stripe
    Distribution Malaysia, Thailand, and Sumatra (a subspecies found in Borneo)
    Habitat Lowland rainforests
    Diet Mostly other snakes, but also skinks, lizards, frogs, caecilians, small mammals, and snake eggs
    Venom Fact Venomous (potency yet not studied)
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on December 11th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

    One Response to "Red-Headed Krait"

    1. Angela VanZandt says:

      I saw what looked like a red-headed Krait swimming down the Arkansas River in Little Rock. It was 6 feet long and large. it had a bright red head – orange red – and so bright it was neon. How did it get there from Thailand?

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