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Laticauda laticaudata

Blue Lipped Sea Krait

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
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Warning. 

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 136 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • unknown
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

  • fixed ref front-fanged ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

-40 to -7 meter above sea level (a.s.l.) ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Laticauda laticaudata  ENGLISH Amphibious Sea Snake, Banded Amphibious Sea Snake, Banded Sea Krait, Banded Sea Snake, Black Banded Sea Krait, Black Lipped Sea Krait, Blackbanded Sea Krait, Blue Lipped Sea Krait, Brown Lipped Sea Krait, Common Amphibious Sea Snake, Common Sea Krait, Culebra De Mar Rayada, Flat Tail Sea Snake, Large Scaled Sea Krait, Sea Krait, Sea Snake, FINNISH Lattapyrstökäärmeet, FRENCH Plature, Plature à Bandes, GERMAN Gewöhnlicher Plattschwanz, Plattschwänz Seeschlange, Plattschwänze, Seeschlange, JAPANESE Hiroo Umi Hebi ref
Laticauda laticaudata laticaudata ref
Laticauda laticaudata affinis 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 laticaudata

  • Blue lipped sea krait
  • VI. snakeID

  • 636
Look up complete taxonomic records of Laticauda laticaudata (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).