Not seeing a Scroll to Top Button? Go to our FAQ page for more info.
Home > Snakes > Beaked Sea Snake

Beaked Sea Snake

Beaked sea snake is a species of highly venomous sea snake occurring in the tropical Indo-Pacific. It has one of the most potent venom of all snakes and is known to be aggressive. The species is active both during the day and at night. The snake can dive underwater up to 100 m and can stay below the surface of the water for a maximum of five hours.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Elapidae
    Subfamily Hydrophiinae
    Genus Enhydrina
    Scientific Name Enhydrina schistosa

    Other Names Hook-nosed Sea Snake, Common Sea Snake, Valakadyn Sea Snake
    Length Around 1.2 m
    Color Uniform dark gray outer surface with whitish sides and underside
    Distribution East coast of India, South-east Asia, China, northern Australia, Persian Gulf, Malaysia (Borneo), Indonesia, Papua New Guinea
    Habitat Coast, coastal islands, estuaries, harbors, shallow bays
    Diet Fish, crustaceans
    Predators Large fish, estuarine crocodiles
    Venom Fact Venom consists of highly potent neurotoxins and myotoxins
    Breeding Season September – October
    Mode of Reproduction Viviparous (giving birth to live young)
    Litter Size Up to 30 young
    Gestation Period Around 6 to 7 months
    Reproductive Age Around 18 months of age
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

    Beaked Sea Snake Pictures Gallery

    Published on December 5th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *