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Hydrophis curtus

Short Sea Snake

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
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An aggressive species with a big mouth that hat caused fatal bite accidents in the past.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 150 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 25 to 35.5 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • ovoviviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

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

  • 3.3 mm ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Hydrophis curtus  ENGLISH Curtus' Sea Snake, Malabar Sea Snake, Pygmy Sea Snake, Shaw's Sea Snake, Short Sea Snake, Spine Bellied Sea Snake, FRENCH Lapemide Court, GERMAN Kurzschwanz Seeschlange, MALAYALAM ചെറു കടൽപ്പാമ്പ് (Ceṟu Kaṭalppāmp), MARATHI खुजा समुद्रसर्प (Khujā Samudrasarpa), UNCODED LANGUAGES Daryai Mar, Potai Pambu, Samundri Sanp ref

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Elapidae

  • Elapids
  • III. Subfamily Hydrophiinae

  • Sea snakes
  • IV. Genus Hydrophis

  • Sea snakes
  • V. Species Hydrophis curtus

  • Short Sea Snake
  • VI. snakeID

  • 630
Look up complete taxonomic records of Hydrophis curtus (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).