Northeastern hill krait

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Northeastern hill krait
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Bungarus
Species: B. bungaroides
Binomial name
Bungarus bungaroides
(Cantor, 1839)

The northeastern hill krait, Bungarus bungaroides, is a species of venomous elapid snake.


Diagnostic characters:

  • Dorsal scales in 15 longitudinal rows at midbody
  • Subcaudal scutes ordinarily divided anteriorly, but occasionally some scutes may be single, but always divided near the tip
  • Ventrals 220-237; subcaudals 44-51
  • Dorsum - black with a series of very narrow white to pale yellowish lines or crossbars; on the belly, the light crossbars widen to form distinct transverse bars
  • Total length of largest male 1400 mm (55 in); tail length 160 mm (6.3 in)

Geographic distribution[edit]

This species is found in Myanmar, India (Assam, Cachar, Sikkim), Nepal, and Vietnam at elevations around 2040 m as well as in Tibet. The type locality is given as: "Cherra Pungi, Khasi Hills, Assam, India".[1][2]


  1. ^ Boulenger, G.A. 1896. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History), Volume III. London. p. 371.
  2. ^ Bungarus bungaroides at the Reptile Database. Accessed 18 November 2013.
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1890. The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. Taylor & Francis. London. xviii, 541 pp.
  • Cantor, T.E. 1839. Spicilegium serpentium indicorum [parts 1 and 2]. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 7:31-34,49-55.
  • Golay, P. 1985. Checklist and keys to the terrestrial proteroglyphs of the world (Serpentes: Elapidae - Hydrophiidae). Elapsoidea, Geneva.
  • Slowinski, J. B. 1994. A phylogenetic analysis of Bungarus (Elapidae) based on morphological characters. Journal of Herpetology 28(4):440-446.