Hunter Mx sea snake on beach in Troncones

by Hunter-MX ⌂ @, Troncones, Gro. Mexico, Saturday, March 12, 2011, 16:47 (3551 days ago) @ PHIL

Not really members of the cobra's either. There are sea kraits which are related to terrestrial species but this type is not. It is beyond rare to be bitten by a sea snake under nearly all circumstances.

"Sea snakes are closely related to the venomous Australian snakes of the family Elapidae, but are currently classified in a separate family, Hydrophiidae. Two subfamilies have been listed in the past, the sea kraits (Laticaudinae), and the true sea snakes (Hydrophiinae), though recent work suggests this subfamilial division may be inappropriate."

"These snakes breed in warm waters and they are ovoviviparous with a gestation period of about 6 months. They are helpless on land and they sometimes form large aggregations of thousands in surface waters. The snake has a neurotoxic venom that is used against its fish prey. No human fatalities are known."

"The yellowbelly is the most widely distributed sea snake and is capable of living and giving birth entirely in the open sea (it is totally pelagic)..."


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