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  Laticauda colubrina (Schneider, 1799)
  Family Name : Hydrophiidae

  Taxonomic Group : Vertebrates (Reptile)

  Common Names : Amphibious Sea Snake, Yellow-lipped Sea Krait

 
Amphibious Sea Snake,Yellow-lipped Sea Krait
  • Description
    • Description :
      Head slightly distinct from the slender body which ends in a flattened, paddle-shaped tail. Bluish-grey with black bands; head marked with black and yellow.
  • Ecology, Habitat & Location
    • Ecological Notes :
      Mainly aquatic in habits but comes ashore to rest and lay eggs. It inhabits coral reefs and rocky shorelines and feeds on fish, especially eels. This venomous snake seems to have a docile nature.
      Habitats :
      Marine
      Distribution :
      In Singapore, known only from the coral reefs and offshore islands in the Singapore Straits. It has a wide distribution in the Indo-west Pacific.
  • Conservation
    • Trends & Threats :
      Habitat degradation.
      Scientific Interest & Potential Value :
      Elsewhere, this species is collected for its skin.
      Conservation Notes :
      Habitat protection, strict policing against illegal collection.
  • Status
    • Species Status :
      Native
      Conservation Status :
      Common
      Singapore Red Data Book 2008 status :
      Endangered (EN)
  • References
    • Baker, N. & Lim, K. 2008. Wild animals of Singapore. Singapore: Draco Publishing and Distribution Pte Ltd. 180pp 
      Davison, G.W.H., Ng, P.K.L. & Ho, H.C (Eds.). 2008. The Singapore Red Data Book (2nd Edition). Singapore: Nature Society (Singapore). 285pp 

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