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

Olive Sea Snake

Olive sea snake is a species of poisonous snake occurring in the Indo-Pacific. The species is a true sea snake spending its entire lifecycle in the ocean.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Elapidae
    Subfamily Hydrophiinae
    Genus Aipysurus
    Scientific Name Aipysurus laevis


    Other Names Golden Sea Snake, Olive-brown Sea Snake
    Length Around 1.2 m; however can reach 2m
    Color Purple or brown upper surface with white underside
    Distribution Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia
    Habitat Coral reefs, lagoons, found at a depth of up to 68 m
    Diet Fish, fish eggs, crustaceans
    Predators Sharks, ospreys
    Venom Fact Venomous
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous (producing young ones by means of eggs hatched inside the body of the parent)
    Litter Size 2 to 5
    Gestation Period Around 6 to 9 months
    Reproductive Age Male: Around 3 years of age
    Female: Around 4 to 5 years of age
    Average Lifespan Around 15 years or more
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

    Olive 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    Your email address will not be published.