Identification: Body cylindrical with slight even taper; tail with pointed tip. All subcaudals undivided.
Jet black to dark brown with a series of narrow white or yellow crossbands that tend to be in pairs and often fade out or break up on the anterior quarter of the body; upper lip white or yellow; belly an immaculate white.
Average adult length 3 to 4 feet; maximum slightly over feet.
Distribution: Essentially restricted to India and parts of West Pakistan. Found in a variety of habitats at low and moderate elevations preferring rather dry open country. Often found near human habitations and frequently enters poorly constructed or dilapidated buildings.
Remarks: Indian kraits usually prowl on hot humid nights and are quite agile in their movements. When alarmed they coil loosely with the body slightly flattened and head concealed. they make jerky movements and may elevate the tail. They do not strike but often make a quick snapping bite. During the day they are much more lethargic.
This is the most dangerous of the kraits for it has a venom of very high toxicity for man – the lethal does is estimated at about 4 mg. Bites are rare but the fatality rate in one series of 35 cases was 77%.

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