Black or dark chocolate brown body with broad bands of white color. These bands usually have yellow colour patch on the toIt can be easily identified by checking thick white bars over glossy black dorsal body. White bands usually have vibrant yellow patches on top which are helpful to distinguish it from Kraits. p. Tail reticulated with white color markings.
Average length- 40cm.
Maximum length- 60cm.
Body slender with shiny, subequal and smooth. Dorsal color glossy black or dark chocolate brown. Milky white cross bars starts from the neck till the end of tail where they become reticulated or net like; on fore and mid body bars are narrow on the top while forked on flank. In almost all specimens clear yellow color patch exist on the top of each bar; sometimes very faint or not visible in adults.
Belly entirely glossy white without any pattern. Subcaudal scales paired in zig-zag manner.
Head depressed on snout and more rounded than typical Lycodon species with smooth shiny scales; slightly broader than neck. Upper lip color may be white or black. Eyes entirely black with vertically elliptical pupil; tongue color reddish.
Normal length tail with dense reticulations; ends with pointed tip.