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Re: Unidentified sea snake - Kenya


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Posted by Wolfgang Wuster on February 27, 1999 at 11:03:36:

In Reply to: Unidentified sea snake - Kenya posted by David on February 27, 1999 at 05:21:40:

: Whilst in Kenya I was swimming in off the coast in a lagoon. Water depth about 9ft with some corals and grasses. A snake 4-5ft long with coloured bands (red and black) swam past to the surface (got some air?) then went down again I followed and it swam about a bit at one point looked in a hole in the sandy sea bed. Any ideas what it was the local fishermen told me it was very poisonous.

No disrespect intended, but are you sure it was a snake rather than a moray or other eel?

The only sea snake documented for East Africa is the yellow-bellied sea snake, Pelamis platurus. This is small (2-3'), and has a black back and yellow lower sides and belly. I can't really think of *any* sea snake that is red and black banded.

Cheers,

Wolfgang



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