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Yellow-bellied Sea Snake

Yellow-bellied sea snake is a species of highly poisonous snake occurring in the tropical oceanic waters of Indian and Pacific Oceans barring the Atlantic Ocean. The species is entirely pelagic. It can swim both forward as well as backward.

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

    Other Names Yellowbelly Sea Snake, Pelagic Sea Snake
    Length Male : Up to 28 in
    Female: Up to 35 in
    Color Black or Bluish-brown with yellow to dark underside; some are all yellow or yellow with a narrow black stripe on the back; black spots or bars on the tail
    Distribution Indian and Pacific oceans, including the coasts of Africa, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Central America
    Habitat Oceanic drift lines, warm ocean waters
    Diet Fish, eels
    Venom Fact Highly venomous
    Breeding Season Year round in warmer seas; however, in cooler waters, may breed during warmer months
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous (producing young ones by means of eggs hatched inside the body of the parent)
    Litter Size 1 to 8
    Gestation Period Around 6 months
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on December 6th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

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