Krait Snake

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Krait (Bungarus caeruleus) can be found in India, Southern Europe and Sri Lanka.

It is an extremely venomous snake and one of the “big four” in India.

Due to its popularity it is known under many names: Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Gujarati, Oriya, Sinhala, Malayalam, Tulu, etc.

Krait Snake’s Food

Their passion for rodents made them settle in the rats’ holes, under various mormons and sometimes inside the houses.

It devours its own species by eating the babies, being cannibals. They also feed on frogs, lizards or small mammals.

It is a nocturnal snake, very active and agile at night. It is rarely seen during the day.

Krait Snake’s Features

The color of the body varies from grayish black to steel blue. The average length is 1m. It has large hexagonal scales along its spine. Transverse white rings are more prominent in the tail region. Male Krait snakes are larger than females and have a longer tail.

During the day he curls his body and keeps his head hidden. In the night is very active, the whey is strong and the bite when irritated. When it is agitated, it shakes.

It hesitates to bite but when it does, it injects large amounts of venom. It is generally docile and non-aggressive but can easily become aggressive.

Bunguarus is one of the most dangerous species of krait snakes in the world. The mortality rate due to its bites is high. The venom is extremely neurotoxic and rapidly induces muscle paralysis.

These neurotoxins, in addition to being much more venomous than those of the viper, affect the nerve endings of the brain. Usually the victims complain of pain, severe abdominal cramps accompanied by progressive paralysis.

The case of death is caused by respiratory failure, that is, suffocation.

Krait Snake’s Reproduction

Like many Krait snakes, they are oviparous, females laying between 12 and 14 eggs in a leaf nest usually.

Snakes choose to lay their eggs in nests made of leaves and covered with leaves to maintain a higher and more constant temperature until they echo.