Bird Families

Ribbon krait: a nocturnal "vampire" that leaves no chance for its victim


Ribbon krait is widespread in southern Asia, as well as Indo-Asian and Indo-Chinese geographic areas.

Belongs to the family of venomous and in some cases very deadly snakes, commonly referred to as "bungari" or "krait".

In terms of external morphology, this animal partially resembles terrestrial cobras and coral snakes.

They are quite lazy during the day, to the point where you can do whatever you want with them, and aggressive at night, and when they bite, there is a 95% chance of death.


The body painting consists of wide alternating yellow-black rings, and allows this dangerous snake to skillfully disguise itself in its habitat: in bamboo reeds, using the somatolysis technique - that is, merging with the environment.

The ribbon krait on average has a body length of up to 2 m, but some individuals grow up to 2.5 m.

The head is narrow, with a fuzzy neck and large cranial plates, which are probably needed to move the earth.

Like all kraits, the skull lacks temporal arches, as a result of which the lower jaw is connected to the skull by means of a free triangular bone, this allows it to open its mouth wide and swallow prey of significant diameter.

The poisonous teeth located on the upper jaw are of medium length, and in the resting position they remain adhered to the palate.

When the mouth is wide open, the teeth are lifted automatically by traction controlled by some of the maxillary ligaments.

The venom glands are very large and contain a powerful poison that is deadly even to large mammals, including humans.

The poison is a complex mixture that acts on the nerve centers. This poison leads to death in about half an hour, due to suffocation caused by paralysis of the diaphragm.

Features of behavior

Banded or striped kraits are nocturnal, which is why they are often called "night vampires". Their main habitat is marshland and reed thickets.

Due to their lifestyle, tape krait and other species of the same genus, despite the fact that they have a highly toxic poison, are not very dangerous to humans, since at night, when they hunt, people usually rest.

During the day, tape krait is quite lazy and calm.

If something threatens him, he simply curls up, hiding his head, and remains in this position, even if they kill him.

In some villages in Southeast Asia, boys have fun during the day, playing with these snakes, pushing them with sticks and throwing them into the air.

However, the behavior after sunset, the behavior of the tape edge is completely different: the snake turns into an aggressive predator with dexterous and very fast movements.

Ribbon krait specialize in hunting other snakes, despising other victims. They attack without hesitation and kill even cobras, which are much larger than them, and then eat them.

If the krait meets a person at night, then in most cases he will attack first. And his bite is very dangerous.

But, fortunately, such "dates" under the moon are rare, and the ribbon krait are a real danger only for other snakes and lizards.