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SPINE-BELLIED SEA SNAKE
Hydrophis curtus
(was Lapemis curtus)
Many people consider Sea Snakes known as Hardwicke’s Spine-bellied Sea Snake (Hydrophis hardwickii) are also Hydrophis curtus

Highly Venomous
(but rarely bites humans)


Spine-bellied Sea Snake (Hydrophis curtus) photographed at the Melbourne Aquarium


Spine-bellied Sea Snake (Lapemis curtus) photographed at the Melbourne Aquarium

Found in Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia as well as South-east Asia through to the Persian Gulf


Venomous snakes do not always inject venom when biting, those bites are called dry bites, however due to the extremely high toxicity of the venom of this species, it is vital that first aid is performed immediately (Constrictive bandage etc.) and the patient is taken as fast as possible to hospital. Lack of symptoms may not mean that the victim has not been envenomated.

Correct and immediate first aid and treatment for this species and other dangerous snakes increases the chance of survival.

Although people are commonly bitten by dangerous snakes in Australia, the actual number of deaths is actually very low, due to antivenines and medical procedures.

LINKS OF INTEREST

Venom Proteome of Spine-Bellied Sea Snake (Hydrophis curtus) from Penang, Malaysia: Toxicity Correlation, Immunoprofiling and Cross-Neutralization by Sea Snake Antivenom
(PDF)

Australian Sea Snakes
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Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia 7th Edition A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia 5th edition Edition

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