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Black-banded Sea Krait

Black-banded sea krait is a species of highly venomous snake found in the western Pacific Ocean. The species is nocturnal.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Hydrophiidae or Elapidae
    Genus Laticauda
    Scientific Name Laticauda semifasciata

    Other Names Chinese sea snake
    Length Male: Around 92 cm
    Female: Around 131 cm
    Weight Male: 496 g
    Female: 895 g
    Color Black or dark brown bands runs down the length of the body interspersed by blue, gray or greenish ground color that blends with the yellow color on the lower half of the body; gray-white or pale blue underside; head is dark brown with a curved white or yellowish mark on the top
    Distribution Along coasts in the Philippines,Taiwan, Japan and China in the western Pacific Ocean
    Habitat Aquatic habitat include shallow tropical reefs with many holes and crevices while terrestrial habitat include rocks which are exposed to open sea and in close proximity to the water’s edge, also found in coral caves
    Diet Different species of fish
    Predators Masked palm civet, sharks, seabirds
    Venom Fact Highly venomous
    Breeding Season Between August and November
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 3 to 7 eggs
    Incubation Period 4 to 5 months
    Reproductive Age Around 18 months
    IUCN Conservation Status Near Threatened

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    Published on March 18th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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