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Belcher’s Sea Snake

The Belcher’s sea snake was first discovered by the British Zoologist John Edward Gray in the Yeas 1849. The part of its scientific name ‘Hydrophis’ is a Greek word meaning serpent of water.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Elapidae
    Genus Hydrophis
    Scientific Name Hydrophis belcheri

    Also Known as Faint-banded sea snake, Belcher’s ocean snake
    Size 20-40 in(51-102 cm)
    Weight 160-240 oz(4.5-7 kg)
    Color Light yellow to white body with dark green crossbands
    Distribution Timor Sea, Ashmore Reef, Solomon Islands, Gulf of Thailand, Indian Ocean
    Habitat Sea
    Diet Shellfish and fish eggs,
    Hibernation Period Throughout the winter
    Venom Fact Extremely poisonous, neurotoxin
    Average Lifespan 4-5 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Data deficient

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    Published on December 23rd 2018 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 17th June 2019.

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