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Sind Krait

Sind Krait (Bungarus sindanus)

Black Krait

The Sind krait, also known as the Sindhi krait or the Indian krait (Bungarus sindanus), is a highly venomous snake found primarily in the desert regions of Pakistan and northwest India. It is closely related to the common krait (Bungarus caeruleus) and shares similar characteristics. Here are some detailed points about this species:

Physical Characteristics

  • Size: Sind kraits are relatively small compared to other kraits, typically ranging from 0.6 to 1 meter (2 to 3.3 feet) in length.
  • Appearance: They have a slender body with smooth, glossy scales.
  • Color: Sind kraits have a distinctive black or bluish-black body with narrow white or pale yellow crossbands. These bands may appear irregular or broken.


  • Geographical Range: The Sind krait is primarily found in the desert regions of Pakistan and northwest India, including the Thar Desert.
  • Environment: They inhabit various arid environments including deserts, scrublands, and semi-arid regions. They are often found in sandy soil and rocky terrain.

Cultural Significance

  • Symbolism: The Sind krait may hold cultural significance in the regions where it is found, but specific cultural beliefs or folklore may vary.

Conservation Status

  • Threats: The primary threats to Sind kraits include habitat destruction, agricultural expansion, and persecution by humans.
  • Conservation Efforts: Conservation efforts for Sind kraits may be integrated into broader initiatives aimed at protecting desert ecosystems and biodiversity.
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