They are have always caught the frenzy of all most all of us at least for some time in our lives.
As you must know there are numerous kinds of these dangerous reptiles, we take this space to enlighten you on the basics of sea snakes and how they live in the sea and their attributes in the sea life.
There are the noxious elapid snake which survives in marine environments throughout the world.
Though their evolution dates back to the days of their ancestors, they have more or less adapted themselves in the sea life and are even unable to move in the land except for the genus, Latisauda, which inherited some characteristics from their ancestors and the same allows them for a limited land movement.
Basically they are found in the warm coastal waters of Indian Ocean to the pacific.
They have a paddle-like tails and many have crossways dense bodies that give them an altogether look.
Unlike fish and other sea animals, the snakes do not boast of having gills and surfaces to the surface frequently to breathe in.
Amazingly, They are amongst the most complete marine vertebrates. Amongst this cluster of air-breathers is class with some of the most compelling toxins of all sea snakes. Several sea snakes also have gentle temperaments and nibble when forced to do so, but others are more than belligerent on an average.
They have the most venomous toxins as only one drop of the same would be suffice to kills three people at the drop of a hat.
The colors are of multiple colors. Off those, They are mostly of two colors, like the yellow-bellied like the one found in huge numbers in Hawaii.
It has yellow and black stripes along its body. To sum up, most of the sea snakes’ colors are of multi-color stripes that changes along the end of its tail.
Most of the snakes food includes fish, especially eels. The bitten things die within seconds. They mostly rely on prawns and fish of various dimensions even eggs to survive.
Though many methods are employed by sea snakes to fertilize but the primary among them are internal fertilizations. This is done by means by paired, forked hemipenes, which are stored, nourished in the male’s tail.
Most species of snakes lay eggs, but most of the snakes abandon the eggs after laying them shortly.
However, many of them live in the vicinity of their hatching to preserve and protect the same from predators. They sometimes even enjoy eating their very own eggs.
Interaction with Humans
There have been myths concerning the idea that sea snakes does not bite. But the same is not true as they very much bite if provoked aggressively.
Fundamentally, when the They bite, the victim does not feel any pain in the smitten area for the first 30 minutes. After the passage of these 30 minutes, the affected limb begin to experience pain of extreme to severe to unbearable scale and area gets stiff and finally leading to nervous breakdown and respiratory failure resulting in unnatural death.
Let’s see the early symptoms of Bite.
The symptoms in an affected person can appear to begin in a minute to 8 hours after the bite.
The poisoned person can experience nausea, vomiting, thick tongue, difficulty speaking and swallowing, blurred vision, weakness, stiffness and numbness.
More severe reaction also includes paralysis, drooping eyelids, lockjaw, dark brown urine, blue lips and tongue. Death might follow too.
• Use pressure immobilizations in the case of sea snakes bite
• Affected area shall be wrapped in a bandage in a chic just like wrapping an affected ankle.
• Firmly bind the limb, but make sure the blood circulation is not blocked and also it shall be ensured that fingers and toes remain as pink.
• Avoid movement
• Leave the bandages intact till the administration of medical treatment is done.
• Do not cut in to the wound or suck the affected area as the later activity can affect an unaffected person with venom of the snake
The name sea snakes seem pretty cool. Most of the sea snakes can swim but they are more or less like lazy reptiles that prefer staying inside the water. Since they are air-breathers, they need to come out of the water every hour to breathe.
Well, it’s amazing to observe that sea snakes can hold breathe for so long!
There are 30-40 different types of sea snakes that belong to the family of cobras. See snakes are very toxic. The most venomous amongst them is the beaded sea snake.
Just a drop is enough to kill 8 people!
They don’t bite unless provoked!
Most of the sea snakes are not under the list to be protected. Only one species of them called Laticauda crockery has been found to be vulnerable and efforts are on full swing to reproduce many more of them and saving of them overall to maintain the ecological balance in the sea life in the deep blue water of the sea.
We have tried to list out as many information as we can in this edition of our on sea snakes.
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