A banded sea krait swimming over a coral reef

Sea kraits

Sea kraits are a genus of sea snakes which contains eight species. They have an extremely potent venom, calculated to be ten times as lethal as that of the king cobra. Some species have bold stripes to advertise the fact that they are dangerous.

Scientific name: Laticauda

Rank: Genus

Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Sea kraits taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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