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Yellow-bellied sea snake

yellow-bellied sea snake (Pelamis platurus)
Marcus Beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
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Pelamis platurus - (Linnaeus, 1766)
Pronunciation  pel-AH-miss  
Etymology  platurus: 'flat-tailed'.
Other names  Pelamis platura 
Total length
Species avg: 70 cm
Species max: 100 cm
Litter size
Average: 4
Length and clutch size information comes from a variety of sources, but primarily from Shine (1991) and Cogger (2000).
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos



Found in the following Australian states/territories

Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, 200 m bathymetric


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