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Red-Headed Krait

Red-Headed Krait

The red-headed krait (Bungarus flaviceps), is a large venomous elapid snake that can grow to a length of up to 2 meters. It feeds snakes, lizards, frogs, small mammals, and snake eggs. The species presents a very striking and distinctive coloration a bright red head and tail with a black body that includes a low-lateral narrow bluish white stripe. It inhabits the rain forests in mountainous and hilly regions Thailand. They are nocturnal. Often remain hidden during the day and, when disturbed, press their heads into the ground or hide them in the flattened or rolled coils of their bodies. During the night, they are active and extremely dangerous. Krait venom functions primarily as a neurotoxin, causing paralysis and death by asphyxiation because the victims can no longer breathe on their own. Other common symptoms include vomiting, headache, and hypersalivation.

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