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Colubrine Sea Krait

The Colubrine Sea Krait or Yellow-lipped Sea Krait (Laticauda colubrina), is a species of sea snake found in tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is common around East India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Borneo, Vietnam, Philippines, Nicobar Islands, Coastal Taiwan, Bay of Bengal, New Guinea, Japan’s Ryukyu Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Mexico, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

Adult females are about 56 inches in length with males being only about 35 inches in length. They are light or dark bluish gray above, yellowish below, with uniformed width black bands throughout, sometimes narrowing on the belly. The upper lip and snout is yellow. The yellowing extends backward on each side of the head and above the eye as far as the temporal shields. The rest of the head is black.

These snakes are very dangerous and can kill you if you get bitten. They are known to cause a rash on the attacked area, which consists of small little bumps.

Colubrine Sea Krait