Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Life of Olive Sea Snake

Life of Sea | Olive Sea Snake (Aipysurus laevis) | The Olive Sea Snake lives in the Timor Sea, in the northern and northeastern coasts of Australia and the Coral Sea and other areas south of Papua New Guinea. Olive sea snake's body is flattened. The tail is a leaf. He swims very well. It can dive to depths of more than forty meters of fish and shellfish, usually hunting on coral reefs.

Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:     Chordata
Subphylum:     Vertebrata
Class:     Reptilia
Order:     Squamata
Suborder:     Serpentes
Family:     Elapidae
Genus:     Aipysurus
Species:     A. laevis

The upper body is purple gray or dark brown, and the head light to medium brown. Usually but not always, there are creamy scales on the body. The head is short and of equal width as the stocky body. Nostrils valve, preventing water ingress. The tail is paddle shaped with a raised edge along its length. The eyes are small. The
Olive sea snake is a common predator.  

Its diet consists of at least 19 species from at least 17 families of fish, but fish eggs, invertebrates such as shrimps, crabs and shells file. This dangerous snake. All sea snakes have to surface periodically to get the air. The Olive sea snake can stay under water half hour at a time, and if possible underwater upward pointing nostrils to close valves that prevent water from getting into when it plunges down to feed.

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