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Hydrophis melanosoma

Black Banded Robust Sea Snake

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
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The bite of most elapids is not painful. You can be bitten and envenomated without noticing it.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 155 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • unknown
  • Reproduction

  • unknown
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • unknown
  • Fangs

  • fixed front-fanged ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Hydrophis melanosoma  ENGLISH Black Banded Robust Sea Snake, Black Banded Sea Snake, Black Bodied Sea Snake, Black Sea Snake, Lesser Dusky Sea Snake, Robust Sea Snake 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 melanosoma

  • Black banded Robust Sea Snake
  • VI. snakeID

  • 622
Look up complete taxonomic records of Hydrophis melanosoma (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).