Common Krait

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The common krait (Bungarus caeruleus) is a type of krait that is found in the jungles of the Indian sub-continent. This snake is highly venomous, and is one of the "big four" snakes in India.


The body colour varies from a dark steely blue-black to a pale faded bluish grey. The average length is 1 m (39 in.). Subcaudal scales after the anal plate are not divided. It has large hexagonal scales running down its spine. The narrow white cross bands are more prominent near the tail region.

The male is larger than the female and also has a longer tail.

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Geographic range

Peninsular India from Sindh (Pakistan), to the West Bengal plains. It occurs throughout South India and Sri Lanka.


Inhabits a wide variety of habitat in its range....
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