Bungarus fasciatus (Schneider, 1801)
|Chinese name||金腳帶, 金甲帶, 金蛇, 黃金甲, 鐵包金|
|Total length||Average 105 - 135 cm, may grow up to 180 cm|
|Description||Back colour black with many yellow transverse bands encircling the whole body.
Some specimen has black speckling on yellow band.
Body with triangular cross-section, due to high vertebral ridge.
Head with black spear-shaped marking.
Upper labials largely black, edged with yellow. Lower labials completely yellow.
Tail banded with yellow and black, short and blunt.
Scales larger along vertebral ridge than other dorsal scales. Scales smooth and glossy.
Bites can be fatal and can cause death within 15 hours.
Inhabits low-lying areas with good vegetation cover and water supply such as marshes, cultivated fields, shrubland.
Strictly nocturnal. Normally quite timid and tame. Almost never bites during the day. Highly alert after dark.
Mainly ophiophagous. Also eats lizards.
Oviparous. Lays 6-14 eggs a time.
Localized in some parts of the New Territories, Hong Kong Island and Lantau Island.
|Conservation Status|| IUCN Redlist: Not Evaluated
China Redlist: Endangered