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Spiny-headed Seasnake
Horned-seasnake
Information
Common Name Peron's Sea Snake and Horned Sea Snake
Range Gulf of Siam, Thailand, Vietnam, the South China Sea, the coast of Guangdong and Strait of Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea, New Caledonia, the Coral Sea Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Australia, (North Territory, Queensland, West Australia, & possibly New South Wales).
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Hydrophiidae or Elapidae
Genus Acalyptophis
Species A. peronii
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Spiny-headed seasnake, peron's sea snake or horned sea snake, (Acalyptophis peronii), is a species of sea snake. It is the only sea snake with spines on the head. Like other members of the family, Hydrophiidae or Elapidae, it is venomous.

Description[]

The spiny-headed seasnake is a medium-size snake, with the diameter of the neck only one third to two fifths the diameter of the thickest part of the body. The head is small and the tail flattened laterally. The supraoculars are raised, and their free borders are pointed. This species reaches a snout-vent length of little more than one meter. Dorsally it is grayish, pale olive, or tan, with dark crossbands, which are narrower than the spaces between them and taper to a point on the sides of the belly. Ventrally it is uniform whitish or with a series of dark crossbars alternating with spots.

Distribution and Habitat[]

The spiny-headed seasnake is found in the Gulf of Siam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea, New Caledonia, the Coral Sea Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Australia, (North Territory, Queensland, West Australia, & possibly New South Wales). It prefers seas with sandy beds and coral reefs.

Diet[]

Diet includes small fish.

Reproduction[]

It is a viviparous species that produces up to 10 live young per female.

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