Black-banded sea kraits are highly venomous snakes that live and hunt in reefs using their bite to paralyse prey. Newly-hatched kraits eat sand smelts and sand perches, but as they grow they switch to other prey, such as surgeonfish and damselfish. They are slower swimmers than their prey, so tend to ambush fish amongst the coral rather than hunt them in a chase.
Scientific name: Laticauda semifasciata
Finding a safe, dry place to lay eggs is difficult for a sea snake.
The sea kraits of Nuie in the South Pacific have found an interesting place to lay their eggs. Avoiding beaches where their eggs might be eaten by predators, the females swim beneath the island to an underwater tunnel with that leads to an air pocket. Safe from predators they lay their eggs. Now all the babies need to do is find their way out...
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Black-banded sea krait distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.
Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web