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Yellow-bellied Sea Snake

Pelamis platurus


This snake was continually swimming and twisting in a tank of water and wouldn't keep still for a moment. Pelamis platura, commonly known as the yellow-bellied sea snake, yellowbelly sea snake, or pelagic sea snake. It is the only member of the genus Pelamis.


Seen in a tank of water in the Reptile exhibition at the InBio Park in Santo Domingo, Heredia, Costa Rica. A species of sea snake found in tropical oceanic waters around the world.

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Yellow-bellied Sea Snake
Pelamis platura Pelamis platura

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valgaavmiko 7 years ago

No prob!

pamsai 7 years ago

thanks valgaavmiko... Interesting link.

valgaavmiko 7 years ago

There have been xanthic colonies found of P. platura that are all yellow in color like this one. It's a neat deviation of the usual black dorsal and yellow ventral pattern. They're fairly common. Here is an article on a study they did regarding the xanthic populations.

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Costa Rica

Spotted on Jul 26, 2013
Submitted on Sep 29, 2013

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