YEL­LOW-BELLIED SEA SNAKE Pe­lamis platu­rus

Australian Geographic - - Geobuzz -

The yel­low-bellied sea snake is a true sea snake, spend­ing its en­tire life in ocean wa­ters through­out the trop­i­cal Indo-Pa­cific. With an LD of 0.067, a bite from this snake yields 50 a small amount (1–4mg) of pow­er­ful venom that at­tacks nerve and mus­cle tis­sue. Bite symp­toms range from mus­cle stiff­ness and droop­ing eye­lids to paral­y­sis and death. For­tu­nately, no known fa­tal­i­ties have been recorded in Aus­tralia, prob­a­bly be­cause this snake is rarely en­coun­tered by peo­ple.

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