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Commonly Asked Questions

Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
  • Shipwreck Habitat (Tropical Diver)

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in reef environments of the Indo-Pacific from the Red Sea to Delagoa Bay, Mozambique and east to the Society Islands, French Polynesia.
  • Found in burrows along the bottom in sandy flats and seagrass beds at depths to 115 feet (35 m).

Physical Characteristics

  • Body is long, slender and snakelike. Broad bands of black and white encircle the body. Spots or blotches may develop as the fish ages.
  • Tail is hardened and sharply pointed for burrowing tail first into the substrate.
  • Maximum length of 38 inches (97 cm).

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of small fishes and crustaceans.

Reproduction / Growth

  • Oviparous, or egg-laying, species.

Conservation Status

  • “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Resembles the venomous sea snake, Laticauda colubrina, but is harmless to humans.
  • Commonly seen hunting during the day.


Animal: Smithsonian Institution. David Burnie & Don E. Wilson.
Reef Fishes, Volume 1. Michael, Scott W.