Valakadyn Sea Snake


Common name : Beaked sea snake, Hook-nosed sea snake

Scientific name : Enhydrina schistosa

Family : Hydrophiidae

Native to : Tropical Indo-pacific region

Interesting fact : Beaked sea snakes can stay under water for five hours.

Conservation status : Least Concern

The Valakadyn sea snake has a beak-shaped projection on the snout. It is olive green with dark crossbands that taper at the sides. They make good swimmers with paddle-like tails. Muddy estuaries and river mouths are preferred and they have glands to excrete excess body-salt. These highly venomous snakes primarily feed upon catfish, puffer fish and occasionally squids.

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