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Hydrophis hardwickii

Spine Bellied Sea Snake

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
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Snake reportedly very aggressive. It often tries to bite intruders without being provoked.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 150 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • unknown
  • Reproduction

  • unknown ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

  • fixed ref front-fanged ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

-15 meter above sea level (a.s.l.) ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Hydrophis hardwickii  ENGLISH Hardwicke’s Spine Bellied Sea Snake, Shaw's Sea Snake, Short Sea Snake, Spine Bellied Sea Snake, FRENCH Lapemide Court, GERMAN Hardwickes Seeschlange, INDONESIAN Ular Lempe, JAPANESE Toge Umi Hebi 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 hardwickii

  • Spine bellied sea snake
  • VI. snakeID

  • 631
Look up complete taxonomic records of Hydrophis hardwickii (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).