Black Banded Sea Krait Facts
- The Black Banded Sea Krait, Laticauda semifasciata or Chinese sea snake, constitutes a rather dangerous species of sea snake.
- Fortunately, it typically remains comparatively timid in nature, unless believing itself under serious threat.
- Unlike all other known species of sea snake, the Chinese sea snake is almost as much at home on land as in the ocean. Not what you want to hear if you fear snakes.
- Within certain portions of its geographic range, you can commonly see a Laticauda semifasciata emerge from the ocean and hang from low tree branches.
Black Banded Sea Krait Physical Description
Large black bands cover the body of the Black Banded Sea Krait. The rest of the body may present a variety of colors. The end of the tail is flattened and visibly paddle-shaped in nature.
Displaying sexual dimorphism, the female Black Banded Sea Krait is significantly larger than the males. The females average a body length of roughly 50 in (128 cm), while the males – only 30 in (75 cm).
The venom of this rather deadly reptile is a powerful neurotoxin that averages being 10 times as potent as that of a rattlesnake.
This snake also possesses lungs large enough to allow it to remain submerged for several hours at a time, yet venture onto land when it wishes to.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Reptilia
- Order: Squamata
- Family: Elapidae
- Genus: Laticauda
- Species: L. semifasciata
Black Banded Sea Krait Distribution, Habitat and Ecology
Within that area, it most commonly inhabits coastal regions and still remains the only known amphibious species of sea snake.
When individuals come ashore, they most commonly inhabit areas of mangrove forest, coral reefs, or secluded beaches. The snake preys primarily on a variety of eels, but will also feed on small fish.
Unique among its kind, again, this fascinating species lays its eggs on land, usually on small beaches.
When on land individuals are primarily nocturnal in nature.