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Bungarus flaviceps

Red Headed Krait

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
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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 195.5 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 33 to 35 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

  • fixed ref front-fanged ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

0 to 950 meter above sea level (a.s.l.) ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Bungarus flaviceps  ENGLISH Red Headed Krait, Yellow Headed Krait, GERMAN Rotkopf Krait, MALAY Ular Katang Kepala Merah ref
Bungarus flaviceps flaviceps ref
Bungarus flaviceps baluensis 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 flaviceps

  • Red headed krait
  • VI. snakeID

  • 523
Look up complete taxonomic records of Bungarus flaviceps (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).