The Elegant Sea Snake is a dangerous venomous sea snake. Young snakes are greyish with a number of 35-55 blackish cross bands, that become blotches as it matures. The sides have dark spots. The head is grey or olive. The tail is paddle shaped vertically.
up to 2m long
deep water between reefs, shallow muddy bottomed habitat. Sometimes seen washed up on beach
eels and long thin fish, shrimp
give birth to 12-23 live young. The young are about 30cm at birth.
northern Australian waters from south west Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland down as far as northern New South Wales.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at https://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
|Common Name:||Elegant Sea Snake|
Relatives in same Genus
Black-headed sea snake (H. melanocephalus)