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Banded Sea Snake – how to identify, avoid their habitat, and treatment for their bite.

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Banded sea snake
Laticauda colubrina

Description: Smooth-scaled snake that is a pale shade of blue with black bands. Its oarlike tail provides propulsion in swimming.

Characteristics: Most active at night, swimming close to shore and at times entering tide pools. Its venom is a very strong neurotoxin. Its victims are usually fishermen who untangle these deadly snakes from large fish nets.

Length: Average 75 centimeters (30 inches), maximum 1.2 meters (4 feet).

Distribution: Pacific Ocean coastal waters of Australia and southeast Asia; Indian Ocean coastal waters.

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