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Spine-bellied sea snake

Lapemis curtus


A banded sea snake is very venomous and has a flattened tail to assist in swimming. The fangs are far back into the mouth and the mouth is small, however bites, mainly on fishermen are well known. This snake is about 1m long


This sea snake was caught (by me) on a fishing line from a jetty in Palm Cove (Queensland). The bait fish can be clearly indicated by the bulge in its body. The snake easily regurgitated the bait hook and was soon released after a short photo opportunity. I realize that fishing trophies are not encouraged by PN and I did catch a nice mackerel. I feel this spotting is of particular interest but am willing to remove it if anyone has any concern at all.


MartinL 7 years ago

Thank you gatorfellow.
There were three other snakes caught this day but one didn't survive at the hands of an angry (scared?) fisherman :(
I am quite impressed that some fishermen are respectful for their 'side catches' and they certainly put this redneck newcomer in line. Knowing there are seldom inspectors, they made sure that undersized fish were returned.

gatorfellows 7 years ago

Although it did not get its meal, I am glad you and the snake are safe.

MartinL 7 years ago

Thank you Jemma 1m is about three feet
Thank you Scott
Thank you Mark, yes, we caught several nice mackerel.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Excellent Martin. An unfortunate way to find one (I presume you were after the mackerel) but it makes a great spotting.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

You're welcome Martin.

Hema 7 years ago

1m is how many feet?
great catch. Very venomous?

MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks Scott.
This length seems consistent with an adult specimen.

MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks Ashley, that is what I thought.

AshleyT 7 years ago

Very cool find! I think this spotting is fine since it was returned to the water :) Rarely do people get to see them out of the water!

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Nov 26, 2013
Submitted on Dec 15, 2013

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