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Until relatively recently, the dangerously venomous Bungarus bungaroides was known only from a few old records in Myanmar (Burma) and India and some more recent records from Nepal. A 2001 record from Vietnam (Kizirian 2002) extended the known range nearly 1000 km beyond the closest other known record, in Myanmar. The Vietnam specimen appeared to be foraging around stones in the stream where it was collected (where B. candidus & Paa sp. were also found).
Bungarus bungaroides is known from Kachin State in Myanmar and Sikkim, Assam (Khasi Hills), and Kachar in India. In Myanmar, this species has been found only in the subtropical forests of extreme northern Myanmar.
Dorsal scales in 15 longitudinal rows at midbody; subcaudal scutes ordinarily divided anteriorly (some scutes may be single, but always divided near the tip); ventrals 220-237; subcaudals 44-51. Above, black with a series of very narrow white to pale yellowish lines or crossbars; below, the light crossbars widen to form distinct transverse bars. These snakes have a total length of ~1400 mm; tail length to 1600 mm (largest male). (Leviton et al. 2003 and references therein)