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Hydrophis schistosus

Beaked Sea Snake

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
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This snake is extremely dangerous and responsible for most fatal snake bites. It hunts in the muddy waters of river mouths. Fishing and wading villagers fall are common bite victims. Most deaths are caused by renal failure.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 158 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 15 to 28 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • ovoviviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

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

  • 4 mm ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Hydrophis schistosus  BENGALI সামুদ্রিক সাপ (Sāmudrika Sāpa), হুগলী পটী (Hugalī Paṭī), ENGLISH Beaked Sea Snake, Common Sea Snake, Hook Nosed Sea Snake, Valakadyn Sea Snake, FRENCH Enhydrine Ardoisée, GERMAN Schnabelseeschlange, MALAYALAM വലകടിയൻ കടൽപാമ്പ് (Valakaṭiyan Kaṭalpāmp), MARATHI समुद्रसर्प, SINHALA Valakadiyan, වාලක්කඩියා (Vālakkaḍiyā), TAMIL வலைக்கடியன் (Valaikkaṭiyaṉ), UNCODED LANGUAGES Daryai Mar, 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 schistosus

  • Beaked sea snake
  • VI. snakeID

  • 597
Look up complete taxonomic records of Hydrophis schistosus (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).