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Aipysurus laevis

Olive Brown Sea Snake

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
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This snake is in general peaceful, but reports stated incidents where snakes followed and attacked divers.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 230 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • unknown
  • Reproduction

  • ovoviviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

  • fixed ref front-fanged ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length

  • 5 mm ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

-30 to 0 meter above sea level (a.s.l.) ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Aipysurus laevis  ENGLISH Brown Sea Snake, Golden Sea Snake, Large Olive Sea Snake, Olive Brown Sea Snake, Olive Pipe Sea Snake, Olive Sea Snake, Shark Bay Sea Snake, FRENCH Aipysure Lisse, GERMAN Olivfarbene Seeschlange, Olivgr├╝ne Seeschlange ref

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Elapidae

  • Elapids
  • III. Subfamily Hydrophiinae

  • Sea snakes
  • IV. Genus Aipysurus

  • Olive Sea Snakes
  • V. Species Aipysurus laevis

  • Olive brown sea snake
  • VI. snakeID

  • 507
Look up complete taxonomic records of Aipysurus laevis (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).