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Bungarus caeruleus

Indian Krait

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
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Warning. 

Krait bites are often virtually painless, a victim may not realize it had been bitten until it is too late. Symptoms of envenomation are stomach cramps and face paralysis. Kraits are inactive at day, but agile at night when many bite accidents happen.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 180 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 16.2 to 26.2 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

  • fixed ref front-fanged ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length

  • 3 mm ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

0 to 1700 meter above sea level (a.s.l.) ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Bungarus caeruleus  BENGALI Shiyar Shanda, কালকেউটে সাপ (Kālakē'uṭē Sāpa), কালাচ (Kalach), ডোমনাচিতি (Ḍōmanāciti), শঙ্খিনি (Śaṅkhini), শাহ কানন (Shah Kanon), শিয়ার চাঁদা (Śiẏāra Cām̐dā), BURMESE ဂျက်မြွေ, ENGLISH Blue Krait, Common Indian Krait, Common Krait, Indian Krait, FRENCH Bongare Indien, GERMAN Gewöhnlicher Krait, Indischer Krait, GUJARATI કાળોતરો (Kāḷōtarō), HINDI Kaili, करैत (Karait), कैली (Kailee), ITALIAN Bungaro Comune, Krait Comune, KANNADA ಕಟ್ಟು ಹಾವು (Kaṭṭu Hāvu), ಕನ್ನಡ ಕಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಹಾವು (Kaṭṭige Hāvu), MALAYALAM എട്ടടി വീരന്‍ (Eṭṭaṭi Vīran), വളകൊഴുപ്പന്‍ (Vaḷakeāḻuppan), വെള്ളിക്കെട്ടൻ (Veḷḷikkeṭṭan), MARATHI Manyar, मण्यार (Manyar, Kanadar), NEPALI Chure, Gadaich, Seto Kalo Chure Sarpa, Setokalo Chure, करेट (Karait), ORIYA ରଣା, PANJABI ਭਾਰਤੀ ਕਰੈਤ (Bhāratī Karaita), SINHALA තෙල් කරවලා (Thel Karawala), TAMIL Kattu Viriyan, Yettadi Viriyan, கட்டு விரியன் (Kattu Viriyan), கட்டுவிரியன் (Kaṭṭuviriyaṉ), புடையன் (Puṭaiyaṉ), TELUGU కట్ల పాము (Katla Pamu), కట్లపాము (Kaṭlapāmu), UNCODED LANGUAGES Kadambale, Kalaz, Kariat, Karuvelan Pampu, Katta Kadambale, Magamaruwa, Manner, Peewano, Vella Pambu, Yennai Virian, URDU سنگ چور ref

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Elapidae

  • Elapids
  • III. Subfamily Incertae_sedis (Elapidae)

  • not assigned to any subfamily
  • IV. Genus Bungarus

  • Kraits
  • V. Species Bungarus caeruleus

  • Indian krait
  • VI. snakeID

  • 519
Look up complete taxonomic records of Bungarus caeruleus (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).