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Yellow Sea Snake (Pelagic Sea Snake)

The Yellow Sea Snake or Pelagic Sea Snake, Pelamis platura, is a species of sea snake found in the tropical oceanic waters around the world. It is found in the Pacific Ocean from Japan, south to South China and coastal regions of Taiwan and Zhejiang. It is found in the Persian Gulf to the bay of Bengal, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Maldives. Also found on much of the coastal waters of Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and Solomon Islands. It also occurs around coastal Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Peru and the Galapagos Islands.

The colors of the Sea Snake are variable, but most often bi-colored with black above and yellow or brown below. Sometimes there may be a series of black spots or bars on the yellow or brown background. Males are generally smaller at an average of 31.5 inches long than the female, who can measure up to 38 inches long.

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