Laticauda colubrina   Schneider,  1799 (Marine Snake)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Reptilia

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Moderately built. Black cross bands completely encircle the bluish body. Black head with yellow snout and upper lip, yellow bar extending from the eye to the temporal region.

Females are larger and heavier-bodied than males and this sexual dimorphism is reflected in different diets, with females feeding on larger conger eels, while males feed predominantly on smaller moray eels.  

Reproduction: Oviparous 

Synonym (s)
Hydrus colubrinus Schneider, 1799

Common Name (s)
• Colubrine Amphibious Sea Snake (English)
• Yellow Lipped Sea Krait (English)
• Colubrine Amphibious Sea Snake
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Species is killed for food in andaman.)
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Habitat destruction and coral development)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine, Sandy
Prey:  Eel
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Bay of Bengal INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai (Lat: 11.83) (Long: 79.80) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • (2001) Sanctuary Asia natural history species: Species checklist: Reptiles Sanctuary Asia Sanctuary Magazine Available at -
  • Tikader, BK and Das, AK (1985) Glimpses of animal life of Andaman and Nicobar Islands ZSI, Kolkata 1-170 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Molur, S and Walker, S (1998) Reptiles of India. Report summary 1998 Zoos' Print Journal Zoo Outreach Organisation, Coimbatore 13(7) 1 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Arkive: Images of life on earth Available at -
  • Damotharan, P; Arumugam, M; Vijayalakshmi, S and Balasubramanian, T (2010) Diversity, Biology and ecology of sea snakes (Hydrophiidae)distributed along the Parangipettai coast, southeast coast of India International journal of current research 4 62-69 Available at -
  • Padmanaban, P; Venkatraman, C; Palot, MJ and Radhakrishnan, C. A checklist of Sea Snakes (Reptilia) of India Zoological Survey of India Available at -
  • Uetz, P EMBL reptile database Available at -

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