Many-Banded Krait Facts!

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Many-Banded Krait Facts!

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Many-banded Krait (Bungarus multicinctus). Image credit: Thomas H Brown CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The Many-banded Krait is a highly venomous snake native to Asia. Its average length is between 1 to 1.5 meters. There are snakes ranging in colour from black to bluish-black, with white or creamy bands along the whole length of its upper body. Like 70% of snakes, many-banded kraits are oviparous (egg laying).

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Many Banded Krait by Kalong Huang CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

It is a nocturnal snake. During the day it stays hidden under stones or in holes. The venom from one bite is enough to kill two dozen fully grown men. The venom is a neurotoxin, which disables the nervous system of the victim. The many-banded krait feeds on eels, fish, rodents, frogs, lizards and other snakes, even snakes of its own kind. Despite its lethal venom, the krait is shy and docile.

Many-Banded Kraits are featured in the following book:
25 of the Most Poisonous Animals in the World!


Many-Banded Krait (Bungarus multicinctus) Venom Extraction

This is footage from the Kentucky Reptile Zoo of the skittish many-banded krait and venom being extracted from it.