A strikingly marked snake, with large glossy scales, yellow lip scales and bold yellow bands on a jet-black background. The bands become narrower towards the middle of the back and sometimes do not meet completely.
Size About 2.5 m.
Distribution South-east Asia.
Habitat Trees in forests and mangrove swamps.
Food Birds, lizards and small rodents.
Bre e ding Egg-laying.
Note s Distinctive, but sometimes confused with the Banded Krait (See here), a dangerously venomous species. It is rear-fanged, the bite sometimes producing mild symptoms in humans. POISONOUS