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Apr 01, 2008 (Vol. 28, No. 7)

Sea Snake Homepage

URL:homes.jcu.edu.au/~sci-bhl/
  • Information material about sea snakes
  • Not for everyone
I’m not much of a fan of snakes and I’m even less fond of ones that are in water. A page devoted to sea snakes is just wrong from my perspective, but sometimes a columnist just has to stretch his/her limits for the readers. This is one of those times. From the site, I learned that there are about 70 species of these creatures in the oceans and that they account for almost 90% of the sea reptiles alive today. They breathe air, but can stay under water for 30-120 minutes. In fact, the front page of the site is extraordinarily informative for the biology of these organisms. Other features of the Sea Snake Homepage include basic information about dealing with venomous sea snakes, conservation information for these organisms, and a very brief listing of terms unique to sea snakes. While it isn’t extensive and no molecular considerations of the organisms are presented, the site does, in fact, have a lot of interesting information. I’m glad I checked it out.
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