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Family: Laticaudinae & Hydrophidae

Hydrophidae is a subfamily of elapidae, these snakes are specialized the oceans. Why they are in the oceans is not clear to science. Sea snakes differ in appearance from other snakes in that they have an oar-like tail to aid in swimming. Some species of sea snakes have venom several times more toxic than the cobra's. Because of their marine environment, sea snakes seldom come in contact with humans. The exceptions are fisherman who capture these dangerous snakes in fish nets and scuba divers who swim in waters where sea snakes are found. CLICK HERE TO SEE ANIMAL WEBCAMS

There are many species of sea snakes. They vary greatly in color and shape. Their scales distinguish them from eels that have no scales.

Sea snakes occur in salt water along the coasts throughout the Pacific. There are also sea snakes on the east coast of Africa and in the Persian Gulf. There are no sea snakes in the Atlantic Ocean.

There is no need to fear sea snakes. They have not been known to attack a man swimming. Fishermen occasionally get bit by a sea snake caught in a net. The bite is dangerous.

Snake Species & Sub-Specie Scientific Classification

HYDROPHIDAE
BANDED SEA SNAKE
YELLOW-BELLIED SEA SNAKE

Families:
Colubridae | Crotalidae | Elapidae | Viperidae | Laticaudinae & Hydrophidae

See also:
  How to Avoid Snake Bites | Poisonous Snake Bites Effects | Snake Venom | Snake Fangs

Snakes:

Diamondback Rattlesnake
| King Cobra | Spitting Cobra | Kingsnakes & Milk Snakes

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