The Elegant Eel-Hunting Predator

Easily identified by their black vertical stripes (or bands) streaked against their white bodies, banded sea kraits patrol warm coral reefs, looking for their next meal. Found on reefs of the eastern Indian and western Pacific oceans, banded sea krait is a popular name used to describe a specific sea snake species. This same species is also commonly known as the yellow-lipped sea krait. These fascinating, slick swimmers live on a diet of eels and some small fish. They paralyze their prey with their highly toxic venom before swallowing them whole.

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