Banded Sea Kraits (Laticauda colubrina) are a species of venomous sea snake found in the coastal waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. They are characterized by their distinctive banded pattern, which is typically black and white or blue and white.
They have a laterally compressed tail which is used to propel themselves through the water, and sharp teeth for catching their prey. They are small to medium-sized snakes, with adult specimens typically reaching around 1 meter (3-4 ft) in total length.
Banded Sea Kraits are found in the coastal waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, typically in the warmer waters. They can be found in a variety of marine habitats, including coral reefs, lagoons, and mangrove swamps.
They are also found in estuaries and along sandy beaches. They are often seen in shallow water but have also been observed in depths of 60m.
Banded Sea Kraits are primarily fish-eaters. They primarily prey on small fish, but will also consume crustaceans, cephalopods, and other small marine animals.
Banded Sea Kraits are primarily active at night and are known to be quite docile. They are good swimmers, and use their laterally compressed tail to propel themselves through the water.
They are also known to be able to stay underwater for extended periods of time, thanks to their ability to extract oxygen from the water. They are typically found alone or in small groups.
Banded Sea Kraits belong to the family Elapidae, which also includes many other species of venomous snakes such as cobras and mambas. Their scientific name is Laticauda colubrina and it’s one of the two known species in the genus Laticauda.
The sea krait family, also known as Laticaudidae, is a small family of venomous sea snakes. It consists of a single genus, Laticauda, which includes 8 species.
All species in this family are venomous, and are found in the coastal waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. They are primarily fish-eaters and have specialized adaptations that allow them to forage in marine environments such as a laterally compressed tail and the ability to extract oxygen from the water.