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  Bungarus fasciatus (Schneider, 1801)
  Family Name : Elapidae

  Taxonomic Group : Vertebrates (Reptile)

  Common Names : Banded Krait

Banded Krait
  • Description
    • Description :
      Head slightly distinct from body. Body thick, somewhat triangular in cross-section, scales smooth. White or yellowish above with a series of black bars hich extend onto the belly, and are as broad as the pale-coloured segments. Head mostly black with blunt snout, tip of tail blunt.
  • Ecology, Habitat & Location
    • Ecological Notes :
      Occurs in forest and scrubland where it is mainly terrestrial and nocturnal and feeds chiefly on other snakes. In Singapore, it has mostly been found along the coast near mangroves. A highly venomous snake whose bite can be fatal to humans.
      Habitats :
      Forest, Mangroves, Terrestrial
      Distribution :
      It occurs throughout Southeast Asia, but in Singapore, is recently known only from along the coast, from Pulau Ubin, Pulau Tekong, Lim Chu Kang, Sungei Buloh and Khatib Bongsu.
      Nature Reserves :
      Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
      Nature Areas :
      Pulau Tekong, Pulau Ubin
  • Conservation
    • Trends & Threats :
      Habitat degradation, human persecution due to its highly venomous nature.
      Scientific Interest & Potential Value :
      A highly venomous snake of medical importance.
      Conservation Notes :
      Habitat protection, strict policing against illegal collection.
  • Status
    • Species Status :
      Conservation Status :
      Singapore Red Data Book 2008 status :
      Endangered (EN)
  • References
    • Baker, N. & Lim, K. 2008. Wild animals of Singapore. Singapore: Draco Publishing and Distribution Pte Ltd. 180pp 
      Davison, G.W.H., Ng, P.K.L. & Ho, H.C (Eds.). 2008. The Singapore Red Data Book (2nd Edition). Singapore: Nature Society (Singapore). 285pp 

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