Napoleon Snake Eel (Ophichthus bonaparti)

Also known as Bonaparte's Snake Eel, Brown-banded Snake-Eel, Clown Snake Eel, Napoleon Eel, Purple-banded Snake Eel, Saddled Snake Eel

Description

Also known as Bonaparte's Snake Eel, Brown-banded Snake-Eel, Clown Snake Eel, Napoleon Eel, Purple-banded Snake Eel, Saddled Snake Eel.

Found singly buried with just the head showing in rubble and sandy areas near coral reefs.
They feed nocturnally on crustaceans and small fish.
Length - 75cm
Depth - 5-20m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Snake Eels resemble snakes or worms because they have virtually no fins. Their pointed snouts and tails allow them to burrow beneath the sand.
They can usually be found with just their head showing above the sand waiting for their prey, a few species prowl around the sands at night. Some mimic banded sea snakes and can be found in the open during the day. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/15686

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