Colubrine Sea Krait, Yellow-lipped Sea Krait


Common name : Banded sea krait

Scientific name : Laticauda colubrina

Family : Elapidae

Native to : Eastern Indian Ocean and Western Pacific Ocean

Interesting fact : They have glands under the tongues that discard excess salt from the bodies.

Conservation status : Least Concern

With scales to move on land and lungs to breathe, and nostrils that can close under water and flattened tails for swimming, these snakes have the best of both worlds. They love the sea more and come out only to breed. Apt to their name, they are yellow-lipped, bluish-grey snakes with black bands along their bodies.

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