Olive Sea Snake (Aipysurus laevis)

Also known as Golden Sea Snake, Olive Brown Sea Snake

Description

Also known as Golden Sea Snake, Olive Brown Sea Snake.

Found singly cruising the seabed for their next meal over lagoons and coastal coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on crustaceans, fish eggs and reef fish.
Colour grey with olive/yellow head and flattened tail, the flattened tail makes this snake an excellent swimmer.
Length - 200cm
Depth - 3-50m
Widespread North West Atlantic, Mediterranean, Indo-Pacific

Sea snakes are reptiles that have adapted to life underwater, they breathe air through valved nostrils, the valves close when they dive down and open when they come up for air, they usually stay down for 20-30mins before coming up for air.
These snakes also give birth to live young.
Although they have a poisonous bite that can paralyse prey they are not normally aggressive and are usually inquisitive to divers. (edit) Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aipysurus_laevis

1 comment

  1. Posted by Alexis
    March 07, 2020 at 05:33 am - 1 person found this useful.

    Cool but the website is called whats that fish though sea snakes aren't fish

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