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Snakes

Banded
Krait

Least Concern

Stable

Banded Krait

Bungarus fasciatus

Banded Krait is the largest and most widely distributed species of Bungarus (genus of Kraits) found in South-east Asia. India is western-most country of this snake's distribution. Due to its unique external morphology of bearing alternative black and yellow bands on dorsal and belly portions it can be easily identified without any confusion. It is known for feeding on all kind of snakes near water bodies with excellent command on swimming and foraging.

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Regional Names
  • Assamese:
    শঁকা সাপ
  • Bengali:
    ডোরা শঙ্খিনী, ভোতালেজ কেউটে
  • Hindi:
    धारीदार करैत, अहिराज, राज साँप
  • Malayalam:
    മഞ്ഞവരയൻ
  • Marathi:
    पट्टेरी मण्यार, आग्या मण्यार (विदर्भ), आदरांडे (गडचिरोली)
  • Tamil:
    பங்காரசு வாசியேட்டசு
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Taxanomy

SQUAMATA
ELAPIDAE
Bungarus fasciatus

Venom Status

Venomous

Quick Facts
  • It is believed that this snake bites to sleeping people and suffocate them to death. Another myth is its bite has no treatment and victim always dies. In actual practice bite cases can be treated well by providing anti-venom serum and life support system on time.
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