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Hydrophis gracilis                                                                    

14th January, 2022 Environment

                                                  

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Context: Graceful small-headed sea snake reported from Perumathura coast

 

More about the species in news:

Source: uncommon sea snake was reported at the Perumathura coast in Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala).

 

Species name: Hydrophis gracilis, more commonly known as the graceful small-headed sea snakeReported for the

  • It is one of the 26 species of marine snakes known from the Indian coastline, it is relatively uncommon.

 

Special features:

  • It is characterised by its small head and a comparatively large body (especially the centre).
  • They are highly venomous

 

Habitat and distribution: It is usually found in the coastal waters of the Indian ocean, the Bay of Bengal, the Persian Gulf, the South China sea, Malaysia, Thailand and Australia.

 

https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/graceful-small-headed-sea-snake-reported-from-perumathura-coast-in-thiruvananthapuram/article38250956.ece