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SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SEA SNAKES


TRUE SEA SNAKES of SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Sea Snakes are often placed in their own family, however now many experts consider them to be in the Elapid family

All sea snakes have a paddle shaped tail


Family Elapidae
Subfamily Hydrophiinae (Sea Snakes)

(Previously Family Hydrophiidae)

Elegant Sea Snake (Hydrophis elegans)

TABLE 1 - TRUE SEA SNAKES
THESE SNAKES ARE LIVEBEARERS THAT SPEND THEIR ENTIRE LIFE IN WATER

Common Name

Scientific Name

Distribution

Elegant Sea Snake

Hydrophis elegans

NSW, NT, Qld, WA, SA

Common Yellow-bellied Sea Snake

Hydrophis (was Pelamis) platurus platurus

NSW, NT, Qld, Tas, Vic, WA, CKI, CI, NI, LHI, SA?

Sea snakes are not normally found in South Australian Waters.
There is only 1 confirmed sighting in South Australia of a Sea Snake which was found alive on the beach at Hanson Bay, Kangaroo Island, in 2011, that was an Elegant Sea Snake, Hydrophis elegans. There is a photo of the snake at the S.A. Museum link below

A fisherman claimed to have caught a Sea snake off Brighton Jetty (Adelaide region), however as he cut the line and released the snake, the sighting could not be confirmed. The story is at the news.com.au link below. If you view the picture in the article below you will see that the snake (or eel) does not look like a Common Yellow-bellied Sea Snake Hydrophis platurus as mentioned in the article. However despite that, it is likely that Common Yellow-bellied Sea Snake do occur in South Australian waters occasionally.


DISTRIBUTION KEY
Click on the abbreviation below to see a map of the area

CI = Christmas Island

CKI = Cocos (Keeling) Island

NSW = New South Wales

NT = Northern Territory

Qld = Queensland

SA = South Australia

Tas = Tasmania

Vic = Victoria

WA = Western Australia

NI = Norfolk Island

LHI = Lord Howe Island

ACT = Australian Capital Territory
(Canberra region only - excludes Jervis Bay Territory)

 

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LINKS OF INTEREST

The Marine Reptiles of South Australia
South Australian Museum

Deadly sea snake caught off Brighton Jetty in Adelaide's south
news.com.au

A Listing of South Australian Terrestrial Elapid Snakes

Sea Snakes
School of Biomedical Sciences 

Australian Sea Snakes
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