Panic and chaos emerged in the Sub-Divisional Magistrate’s (SDM) office in Gurgaon after a snake was found in its premises. Fear ran among the district administration officials after two-and-a-half feet long ‘Common Krait’ surfaced. The venomous snake made the officials run for their lives causing panic. The officials were seen running helter skelter to save their lives. SDM Bharat Bhushan Gogia said that he came to know about the incident after he heard his staff crying for help.

“I was in office when I heard screams and noise outside and people came running into my office. They thought the snake was behind them. After some time, the reptile slithered into my chamber,” the SDM was quoted as saying by NDTV. “I asked my staff to clam down and not hurt the reptile,” he added. Later the wildlife officials were called who caught the snake and took him away. The common krait or Bungarus caeruleus, also known as Indian krait or blue krait is a species of venomous snake of the genus Bungarus found in the jungles of the Indian subcontinent.

The average length is 0.9 m (3.0 ft), but they can grow to 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in). Males are longer, with proportionately longer tails. The head is flat and the neck hardly evident. The body is cylindrical, tapering towards the tail. The tail is short and rounded. The eyes are rather small, with rounded pupils, indistinguishable in life.

Coloration is generally black or bluish black, with about 40 thin, white crossbars which may be indistinct or absent interiorly. The pattern, however, is complete and well defined in the young, which are marked with conspicuous crossbars.

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