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Laticauda colubrina

Common Yellow Lipped Sea Krait

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
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Snakes of the genus Laticauda are usually not aggressive and very hesitant to bite. If they bite, the bite is almost painless, an envenomation can be overlooked until it is too late. A bite of these snakes should always be considered life-threatening.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 200 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 29 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

  • fixed ref front-fanged ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

-60 to 40 meter above sea level (a.s.l.) ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Laticauda colubrina  CHINESE 黃唇青斑海蛇 (Huáng Chún Qīng Bān Hǎishé), DUTCH Ringslangplatstaart, ENGLISH Amphibious Sea Snake, Banded Sea Snake, Banded Yellow Lipped Sea Snake, Black Banded Sea Krait, Colubrine Amphibious Sea Snake, Colubrine Sea Krait, Common Banded Sea Snake, Common Yellow Lipped Sea Krait, Culebra De Mar Rayada, Flat Tail Sea Snake, Schneider's Banded Sea Snake, Sea Krait, Sea Snake, White Faced Sea Krait, White Lipped Sea Krait, Yellow Lipped Sea Krait, Yellow Lipped Sea Snake, FINNISH Lattapyrstökäärme, Lattapyrstökäärmeet, FRENCH Plature, Plature Couleuvrin, Serpent à Queue Plate, GERMAN Nattern Plattschwanz, Plattschwänz Seeschlange, Plattschwänze, Seeschlange, ITALIAN Krait Dalla Grande Coda, JAPANESE Ao Madara Umi Hebi, SPANISH Serpiente Marina Anillada, Serpiente Marina Rayada, UNCODED LANGUAGES Pin Le Gyat Lone ref

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Elapidae

  • Elapids
  • III. Subfamily Incertae_sedis (Elapidae)

  • not assigned to any subfamily
  • IV. Genus Laticauda

  • Sea kraits
  • V. Species Laticauda colubrina

  • Common Yellow lipped Sea Krait
  • VI. snakeID

  • 632
Look up complete taxonomic records of Laticauda colubrina (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).