Laticauda colubrina (Schneider, 1799)
Banded Sea Krait

Laticauda colubrina is common relatively common around islands in the western Pacific. We have personally seen it in Indonesia, the Philippines and the Solomon Islands. Nearly all of the anecdotal reports of sightings in the Marshall Islands are probably cases of mistaken identity; those we have been able to try to verify through pictures or specimens have all turned out to be the banded snake eel, Myrichthys colubrinus. Although we have not seen the specimen, one was reliably reported captured and preserved at Majuro Atoll.

Laticauda colubrina swallowing one of its favorite prey, a moray eel.

Created 22 February 2018

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