The Olive Sea Snake is a dangerous venomous snake from the coral reefs of northern Australia. It has a sturdy body and is purplish brown above with paler brown on underside. Usually has some creamy white scales scattered over body. The tail is vertically compressed and mostly creamy white with a brown ridge down the back.
average size is 1.2m, but can grow to 2m
reefs, lagoons, coral, rocky shores
fish, fish eggs, prawns, crabs
gives birth to 2-5 live young
The Olive Sea Snake is abundant in coastal waters off the northern half of Australia from Brisbane in east to Shark Bay in west.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at https://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
Although it can be aggressive, attacks are rare.
|Common Name:||Olive Sea Snake|