Banded Sea Krait (Laticauda colubrina) - Marine Life - Liveaboard Diving

Banded Sea Krait

Banded Sea Krait (Laticauda colubrina) Raja Ampat Indonesia swimming across the reef looking for prey.
Banded Sea Krait (Laticauda colubrina)
Credit: Johan Folmeus
Banded Sea Krait Laticauda colubrina

The Banded Sea Krait is the most-common of sea snakes in the Indo Pacific region. Females can grow to more than one metre long. They predate on eels, which they paralyze with their potent venom and then swallow whole. They're actually amphibious, as they often go onto land to lay eggs and digest their meals. Their flattened tails are very similar in appearance to their heads, which is an evolutionary development to confuse & discourage predators.

Scientific Rank
Chordata (Chordates)
Subphlum: Olfactores
Subphlum: Vertebrates
Subphlum: Gnathostomata
Subclass: Reptilia: Reptiles
Order: Squamata (Scaled Reptiles)
Family: Hydrophiidae (Hydrophiidae)
Genus: Laticauda (Laticauda)
Species: Laticauda colubrina
Average Size: 75 centimetres - 1.25 metres

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