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Laticauda colubrina (Schneider)

Banded Sea Krait (Laticauda colubrina)

The Banded Sea Krait is widespread throughout the eastern Indian Ocean and Western Pacific, it can be found along the coasts of Asia, Australasia and Australia. Within the Polynesian region it can regularly be found in the waters around Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.

The males reach lengths of about 85 cm, females are much larger and reach lengths of up to 1,40 m. The animal has distinct silvery gray and black stripes and a yellowish snout.

The Banded Sea Krait is one of the most venomous snakes in the world, however, it uses its venom only to prey on fish and is otherwise a quite peaceful creature that is not aggressive and only attacks in self-defense.

The snake hunts underwater but returns regularly to land to digest, rest, and reproduce.

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References:

[1] Iulian Gherghel; Monica Papeş; François Brischoux; Tiberiu Sahlean; Alexandru Strugariu: A revision of the distribution of sea kraits (Reptilia, Laticauda) with an updated occurrence dataset for ecological and conservation research. ZooKeys 569: 135-148. 2016

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