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Wolf Snake

Description:

Slender black snake with white rings, tringular head.

Habitat:

This specimen was spotted in thick vegetation, altitude - 5400 ft above sea level

1 Species ID Suggestions

Common Krait
Bungarus caeruleus Common Krait


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17 Comments

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

@ranbir.gurkha, that wasn't me that commented previously on the viper (I made a species suggestion), although I admit thinking it!

williefromwi
williefromwi 8 years ago

Wonderful spotting, and I am thrilled you were not bitten. I have just chosen to follow you, I hope and pray that you will use care and wisdom, before picking up an unknown snake, I would love to be able to follow you for a very long time. This sure looks like the Krait, and from what I have read, it has powerful neurotoxins which induce muscle paralysis. Very venomous. God sure had his hand of protection on you it appears.

ranbir.gurkha
ranbir.gurkha 8 years ago

No Frazier.....i was very casual about it...this wud be second snake i handled that is turning out to be something more dangerous, remember the white lipped viper u commented on? lucky for the srcond time!! but i checked pictures ok, online, n i think the markings of a krait are different than a wolf snake....boy i am confused here!!!

ranbir.gurkha
ranbir.gurkha 8 years ago

No Frazier.....i was very casual about it...this wud be second snake i handled that is turning out to be something more dangerous, remember the white lipped viper u commented on? lucky for the srcond time!! but i checked pictures ok, online, n i think the markings of a krait are different than a wolf snake....boy i am confused here!!!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Hmmm, I hope you took due care catching it!

Gopal murali
Gopal murali 8 years ago

The number of bands are more because its a juvenile sir..u can see bands in anterior part is thinner than rest of the body it will disappear as it ages sir..

Gopal murali
Gopal murali 8 years ago

Thats a krait fr sure sir..just zoom in the pic u have posted later sir.u will find mid body scales as a hexagon as shown in the below picture http://www.flickr.com/photos/aniket_moda...

Gopal murali
Gopal murali 8 years ago

ok sir..thanks.:)

ranbir.gurkha
ranbir.gurkha 8 years ago

yes i do.....i will upload it...

Gopal murali
Gopal murali 8 years ago

ok sir..do u have another picture of it ??from above sir??

ranbir.gurkha
ranbir.gurkha 8 years ago

i am not sure of that, i tallied the pictures but this species has a bit different markings. The Zaw's wolf snake, which u suggest, has got comparitively thinner white markings and are more spaced.....may be another sub specimen of the wolf snake family...

Gopal murali
Gopal murali 8 years ago

fine sir:) lycodon zawi sir?

ranbir.gurkha
ranbir.gurkha 8 years ago

Thanx for the comment Gopal, but I had it confirmed....it is the Wolf Snake...

Gopal murali
Gopal murali 8 years ago

It looks like a common krait to me sir in this photo bands looks blue in color which is not seen in wolf snakes.did u noticed any hexagonal scales along the mid body of the snake sir??

ranbir.gurkha
ranbir.gurkha 9 years ago

Yes Frazier, i caught it...kept it for two days and then left it...i think it is a common wolf snake...mimic of a krait..

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Looks like it is on carpet yet spotted in thick vegetation? Did you capture it?

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Krait or krait mimic?

ranbir.gurkha
Spotted by
ranbir.gurkha

Sikkim, India

Spotted on Oct 17, 2011
Submitted on Oct 19, 2011

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