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Laticauda semifasciata

Black Banded 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

  • 35 to 52 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

  • fixed ref front-fanged ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Laticauda semifasciata  CHINESE 闊帶清斑海蛇 (Kuò Dài Qīng Bān Hǎishé), ENGLISH Amphibious Sea Snake, Banded Sea Snake, Black Banded Sea Krait, Broad Banded Blue Sea Snake, Chinese Sea Snake, Culebra De Mar Rayada, Erabu Sea Krait, Erabu Sea Snake, Flat Tail Sea Snake, Half Banded Sea Krait, Large Sea Krait, Sea Krait, Sea Snake, FINNISH Lattapyrstökäärmeet, FRENCH Plature, Plature Semi Annelé, GERMAN Halbgebänderter Plattschwanz, Plattschwänz Seeschlange, Plattschwänze, Seeschlange, JAPANESE Erabu Umi Hebi, エラブウミヘ (Erabu Umi Hebi) 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 semifasciata

  • Black banded sea krait
  • VI. snakeID

  • 779
Look up complete taxonomic records of Laticauda semifasciata (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).