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sea snake

n.
Any of various venomous aquatic snakes of the family Elapidae (or Hydrophiidae) that inhabit tropical waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans and that bear live offspring.

sea snake

n
(Animals) any venomous snake of the family Hydrophiidae, of tropical seas, that swims by means of a laterally compressed oarlike tail

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n.
any of several venomous marine snakes of the family Hydrophidae, having a finlike tail.
[1745–55]
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Noun1.sea snake - any of numerous venomous aquatic viviparous snakes having a fin-like tailsea snake - any of numerous venomous aquatic viviparous snakes having a fin-like tail; of warm littoral seas; feed on fish which they immobilize with quick-acting venom
ophidian, serpent, snake - limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous
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These locations boast an abundance of marine life and are also home to some species such as moray eels, sea snakes and hundreds of species of fish which inhabit the reef.
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Marine stings or bites from coral, starfish, sea urchins, jellyfish, hydroids, cone shells, octopuses, puffer fish, stingrays, bony fish, weaver fish, sea snakes, lionfish, and stonefish.
Sea snakes provide an excellent model for studying the evolutionary transition between the terrestrial and marine environments, because sea snake species encompass a wide continuum in terms of the degree of their dependence on the ancestral terrestrial environment.
McKeon says he has heard discussions about whether a saltwater canal in Panama would have let the venomous sea snakes from the Pacific wriggle their way into the Caribbean.
Cobra, vipers and the sea snakes are the most venomous snakes in Oman.
Elapidae have short, permanently erect fangs, and include cobra, krait, coral snakes, and sea snakes.
Among the Elapidae, bites by Naja naja and Naja kaouthia can cause significant local swelling and sometimes extensive tissue necrosis of the bitten limb, whereas bites by kraits or sea snakes do not usually cause signs of local envenoming and can be virtually painless.
McCarthy (1987) proposed that the relatively simple scale microornamentation in sea snakes (Laticauda colubrina: brachylamellate basally, cellular polygonal imbricate apically; McCarthy 1987, Price and Kelly, 1989) when compared to the relatively more complex microornamentation of terrestrial elapids was "perhaps connected with an anti-fouling strategy".