Reptile / Hydrophis platurus

Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake


Likely to become endangered in the near future


The yellow-bellied sea snake is a venomous species of snake from the subfamily Hydrophiinae found in tropical oceanic waters around the world except for the Atlantic Ocean. For many years, it was placed in the monotypic genus Pelamis, but recent molecular evidence indicates it lies within the genus Hydrophis.

Average lifespan
Sex: female
Status: captivity
2.1 years

Liptow, J. 1999. "Pelamis platura" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed November 10, 2020 at

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