Herpetofaunal category
Authority
Schneider, 1799
Common names
Banded sea krait
colubrine sea krait
yellow-lipped sea krait
Laticauda colubrina
Image attribution
Bernard Dupont

Also known as the yellow lipped sea krait, or colubrine sea krait. The dorsal (upper) surfaces are mid grey while the ventral (lower) surface is whitish grey with black bands encircling the body. Banded sea snake reach lengths of up to 140cm. The species inhabit coastlines, often coming ashore to rest and find fresh drinking water. Banded sea snake have occasionally been found on North Island beaches (Castlepoint, Ohope Beach, Whangaruru Harbour).