Bungarus slowinskii

Bungarus slowinskii, the Red River krait, is a species of venomous snake in the family Elapidae.[2] The species is endemic to mainland Southeast Asia.

Bungarus slowinskii
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Bungarus
B. slowinskii
Binomial name
Bungarus slowinskii
Kuch et al., 2005


Ulrich Kuch and colleagues described the species in 2005.[3] The specific name, slowinskii, honors Joseph Bruno Slowinski, an American herpetologist who died from a krait bite at age 38.[2][4]


B. slowinskii has a color pattern of alternating wide black rings and narrow white rings on its body and tail. The dorsal scales are arranged in 15 rows at midbody. The dorsal scales in the vertebral row are enlarged and hexagonal. The subcaudal scales are divided.[2]

Distribution and habitatEdit

B. slowinskii is currently known from Vietnam,[1][2] northeastern Thailand, [2][5] and Laos.[2] The preferred natural habitat of B. slowinskii is forest, at altitudes of 400–700 m (1,300–2,300 ft).[1]


B. slowinskii is oviparous.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Stuart, B.; Nguyen, T.Q. (2012). "Bungarus slowinskii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012: e.T192221A2057605. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2012-1.RLTS.T192221A2057605.en. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Bungarus slowinskii at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 15 February 2021.
  3. ^ Kuch, Ulrich; Kizirian, David; Nguyen, Quang Truong; Lawson, Robin; Donnelly, Maureen A.; Mebs, Dietrich (2005). "A New Species of Krait (Squamata: Elapidae) from the Red River System of Northern Vietnam". Copeia 2005 (4): 818–833. (Bungarus slowinskii, new species).
  4. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Bungarus slowinskii, p. 246).
  5. ^ Smits, Ton; Hauser, Sjon (2019). "First record of the krait Bungarus slowinskii Kuch, Kizirian, Nguyen, Lawson, Donelly and Mebs, 2005 (Squamata: Elapidae) from Thailand"". Tropical Natural History. 19 (2): 43–50.

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