Snake species on our campus

Common krait & Wolf snake

Common krait (Bungarus caeruleus) and Wolf snake (Lycodon aulicus): another commonly confused pair

The Common krait is VENOMOUS; the Wolf snake on the other hand is NON-VENOMOUS. We have not seen both these snakes on campus, although as with the Buffstriped keelback, there are earlier records.

They are both nocturnal snakes. Kraits can be recognized by a body that is triangular in cross section, with distinctly large scales along the spine. The bands on the Krait are more prominent posteriorly while in the Wolf snake they are uniform throughout the body. Also the Kraits background colour is jet-black or bluish-black whereas the Wolf snake tends to be brownish, although there can be considerable variation.

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