Hydrus colubrinus Schneider, 1799, type locality unknown.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
The sea krait has an average length of approximately 39 in (1 m) but can reach 55 in (1.4 m). It has a striking banded pattern with alternating blue or bluish gray and black bands. Adaptations for marine life include valved nostrils and a paddle-shaped tail. Well-developed ventrals facilitate terrestrial locomotion after emergence from water.
Coastal regions from India through Southeast Asia to New Guinea and many Pacific islands.
This snake forages on coral reefs and comes onto beaches and nearby rocky areas to rest and lay eggs. It occasionally enters mangrove areas.
The sea krait is mainly nocturnal but sometimes forages during the day.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
This snake feeds almost exclusively on eels in coral reefs.
The female lays up to 18 eggs on land.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
The sea krait is highly venomous but has a gentle nature and rarely bites humans. ♦
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