Blue Banded Sea Snake


Common name : Faint banded sea snake, Belcher’s sea snake

Scientific name : Hydrophis belcheri

Family : Elapidae

Native to : Indian Ocean, Gulf of Thailand and Australia

Interesting fact : With valves on the nostrils, they can hold their breath for 7 to 8 hours under water.

Conservation status : Data Deficient

These deadly snakes are not considered dangerous due to their docile nature, but a person bitten can die in minutes. They are very good swimmers with flattened tails and hardly come out of water. These slender snakes are yellow with green bands covering their entire length. They feed on shellfish and other fish, and give birth to their young ones under water.

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