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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The krait bites had minimal local reaction with features of neurotoxicity in the form of weaknesses as well as haematotoxicity in the form of coagulopathy.
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 Chhattisgarh common poisonous snakes are Cobra, Krait, Russell's viper, Saw Scaled Viper.
Mild to severe ptosis was the chief neurotoxic feature observed in all 100 cases of krait and 65cases of cobra bite patients.
To build upon this discovery researchers examined 98 Sea Kraits from three major museum collections in Paris, Berlin and Copenhagen.
Kraits are among the most common snakes found in India.