Emydocephalus annulatus

Annulated Turtle headed Sea Snake

Venomous 💀💀 Potentially dangerous ref
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The venom apparatus of the egg eating sea snakes is said to be degenerated by some sources.Other sources say, that they still have venom. Thes snakes still have fangs, even though they are very tiny and hardly functional. It is better not to risk a bite.


This sea snake feeds exclusively fish eggs and blennies and gobies. It is active in daylight only. Prey is mainly located via smell, not by vision.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 105 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • unknown
  • Weight Range

  • ??? gr - ??? gr
  • Pupil Shape

  • Dentition Type

  • fixed front fangs ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length

  • 0.15 mm ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

-30 to 0 meter above sea level ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Emydocephalus annulatus (not specific) 0 ENGLISH Annulated Turtle headed Sea Snake, Egg eating Sea Snake, Ringed Turtle headed Sea Snake, Turtle headed sea snake, Turtleheaded Sea Snake, FRENCH Emydocephale Annele, GERMAN Eierfressende Seeschlange, Schildkrötenköpfige Seeschlange

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Elapidae

  • Elapids
  • III. Subfamily Hydrophiinae

  • Sea snakes
  • IV. Genus Emydocephalus

  • Turtlehead sea snakes
  • V. Species Emydocephalus annulatus

  • Annulated Turtle headed Sea Snake
  • VI. snakeID

  • 594
Complete taxonomy of Emydocephalus annulatus at The Reptile Database.