Kraits


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Kraits

 

snakes of the genus Bungarus of the family Elapidae, with enlarged scales along the ridge of the back. There are 12 species, found in South Asia and on the Malay Archipelago. The snakes are oviparous. The best-known species is the banded krait (B. fasciatus ), which measures up to 180 cm long and has yellow and black rings. During the day the snake stays in hiding. It feeds on other snakes, lizards, amphibians, and small mammals. B. flaviceps is the longest species (up to 185 cm). Although the poison fangs of kraits are short, people have been known to die from their bite.

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Epigastric pain as a symptom on presentation was seen with krait bites, which is attributable to the development of submucosal bleeds in the patients.
In this part of the state of Kerala, we have encountered various types of snake bites of which Russell's viper bites predominate the cases, followed by common krait and cobra bites having least incidents.
However, the Yellow-lipped Sea Krait has been found to twist its tail so that the tip corresponds with the dorsal view of the head, which combined with deceptive colouring, gives the illusion of having two heads and two loads of deadly venom.
A large Krait was followed for thirty minutes, swimming between corals and crevices hunting for food.
Kraits are among the most common snakes found in India.
Bhubaneshwar, Jan.9 (ANI): Villagers near Bhubaneshwar city of Orissa recently caught hold of a rare variety of albino Krait.
Out of which 65(39.40%) cases were of cobra bite and 100(60.60%) cases were of krait bite.
Mild to severe ptosis was the chief neurotoxic feature observed in all 100 cases of krait and 65cases of cobra bite patients.