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  • Scientific Names
    • Hydrophis platurus
    • Anguis platura
    • Hydrophis bicolor
    • Hydrophis bicolor alternans
    • Hydrophis bicolor sinuata
    • Hydrophis pelamis
    • Hydrophis platura
    • Hydrus bicolor
    • Hydrus platurus
    • Pelamis bicolor
    • Pelamis bicolor sinuata
    • Pelamis bicolor variegata
    • Pelamis ornata
    • Pelamis platura
    • Pelamis platuros
    • Pelamis platurus
    • Pelamis platyura
    • Pelamis schneideri
    • Pelamydrus platurus
  • English
    • Yellow-bellied Sea Snake
    • Pelagic Sea Snake
    • Yellowbelly Sea Snake
  • Seri
    • xepe ano cocázni
  • Spanish
    • culebra de mar
    • Serpiente marina pelágica
  • German
    • Plättchen-Seeschlange

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What

Yellow-bellied Sea Snake Hydrophis platurus

Observer

sdnhm

Date

January 12, 2016 02:14 PM PST

Description

Photos taken at Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Weight : 90-100g
Total length: 642mm
SVL: 567mm
Tail length: 75mm

Adult male, head covered in algae.
In situ photo Credit: “Sean Carey, Lifeguard Captain, City of Coronado”

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Yellow-bellied Sea Snake Hydrophis platurus

Observer

natureinla

Date

October 15, 2015 06:00 PM PDT

Description

Observation and photo by Anna Iker, sent to NHM via Instagram, #natureinla.

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What

Yellow-bellied Sea Snake Hydrophis platurus

Observer

seahull

Date

August 11, 2015

Description

Spotted floating about 10 to 30 feet offshore on the beach at Playa Ocotal in 1-3 feet of water. The snake was floating with its tail at the surface and the head and body were hanging nearly vertical, with slight movements. It seemed to be sick and did not move as I expected. I recorded a video with an underwater camera.

An hour later it was washing ashore, and I tried to pick it up with a stick. It did move its head, but was not capable of swimming. A dog approached and started to lunge at it, so I distracted the dog, and the snake was gone a few minutes later when I returned.

The next day, we spotted a dead yellow-bellied sea snake a few hundred yards east on the beach tangled and rotting in washed up roots. This was a smaller snake and had been dead several days.

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Yellow-bellied Sea Snake Hydrophis platurus

Observer

ljefe

Date

October 16, 2015 01:47 PM PDT

Description

Brought in by a surfer who found it on Silver Strand beach in Oxnard, CA.

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Yellow-bellied Sea Snake Hydrophis platurus

Observer

pliffgrieff

Date

December 7, 2014

Description

dead on the beach

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Yellow-bellied Sea Snake Hydrophis platurus

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fieldnotes

Date

December 1, 2006

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Yellow-bellied Sea Snake Hydrophis platurus

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markg

Date

May 16, 2015

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Yellow-bellied Sea Snake Hydrophis platurus

Observer

seanhiggins

Date

March 20, 2013

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Yellow-bellied Sea Snake Hydrophis platurus

Observer

coleman3

Date

May 13, 2014 11:46 AM EDT

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Yellow-bellied Sea Snake Hydrophis platurus

Observer

villanuevafranck

Date

the past

Description

Pelamis platurus Cacaluta, Huatulco Oax.

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Yellow-bellied Sea Snake Hydrophis platurus

Observer

brooksgold

Date

December 22, 2014 12:19 PM CST

Description

This Yellowbelly Sea Snake was dying on the beach. The tip of it's tail was chewed up.

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What

Yellow-bellied Sea Snake Hydrophis platurus

Observer

herpguy

Date

December 17, 1986

Description

This sea snake was observed during the day in a debris slick in the Gulf of Chiriqui off the northwest coast of Panama.

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Description from Wikipedia

Pelamis platura, commonly known as the yellow-bellied sea snake, yellowbelly sea snake, or pelagic sea snake, is a species of sea snake found in tropical oceanic waters around the world. It is the only member of the genus Pelamis.

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Conservation Summary

  • Globally
    Of least concern (LC) (Source: IUCN Red List)
    Source: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. http://www.iucnredlist.org/technical-documents/spatial-data. Downloaded March 2011.
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