Blue-lipped Sea Krait ( Laticauda laticaudata Linnaeus, 1758 )

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Name
Scientific Name: 
Laticauda laticaudata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Regional Names: 
English: 
Common Sea Krait, Black Banded Sea Krait, Brown-lipped Sea Krait
Photographs: 
Wandoor Beach, South Andaman Islands, India
Distribution: 
Venom Type: 
Neurotoxic
Family: 
Description: 

Average length- 80cm
Maximum length- 107cm

Scalation
Head: 
Head scales entire; nostril lateral; nasal separated by internasals; no azygous shield separates internasals or prefrontals; frontal significantly longer than its distance from tip of snout; supralabial 7; 3rd & 4th in contact with eyes; preocular 1; postocular 2; temporal 1+2.
Dorsal: 
Smooth and overlapping scales in 19 rows.
Ventral: 
225-243; clearly broader than adjacent scales; one-third to more than one half the width of the body. A median ventral keel may also present of posterior of body.
Sub Caudal: 
38-47 (Male), 30-35 (Female); anal divided; paired.
Habitat: 
Coral islands, coral reefs, mangroves and open ocean etc.
Diet: 
Feeds on eels and other fishes.
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