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  Olive Sea Snake (Aipysurus laevis)

OLIVE SEA SNAKE FACTS

Description
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.

Size
average size is 1.2m, but can grow to 2m

Habitat
reefs, lagoons, coral, rocky shores

Food
fish, fish eggs, prawns, crabs

Breeding
gives birth to 2-5 live young

Range
The Olive Sea Snake is abundant in coastal waters off the northern half of Australia from Brisbane in east to Shark Bay in west.

distribution map showing range of Aipysurus laevis in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at https://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Notes
Although it can be aggressive, attacks are rare.



Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Hydrophiidae
Genus:Aipysurus
Species:laevis
Common Name:Olive Sea Snake