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Hydrophis stokesii

Large headed Sea Snake

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous ref
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Warning. 

An aggressive species that will bite multiple times. Serious envenomation, but not fatal bite accidents known so far.

Description. 

These are massive snakes with a heavy body. Body diameter can reach up to 30 cm.
  • Snake Length

  • 30 cm - 200 cm ref
  • Dentition

  • front-fanged
  • Weight

  • ??? gr - ??? gr
  • D.movability

  • fixed
  • Pupil shape (closed state)

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  • Teeth/Fang Length

  • 7 mm ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

-10 to ??? meter above sea level (a.s.l.)

Subspecies & Common Names


Hydrophis stokesii  0 DE Stokes Seeschlange, EN Large headed Sea Snake, Spiny headed Sea Snake, Stoke's Sea Snake, FR Astrotie de Stokes, LOCAL Daryai mar, Samundri sanp, SI Maha valakkadiya

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 stokesii

  • Large headed Sea Snake
  • VI. snakeID

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