Size38 inches (97 cm)
DietSmall fishes and crustaceans
HabitatBurrows along the bottom in sandy flats and seagrass beds
- 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).
The harlequin snake eel resembles the venomous sea snake, Laticauda colubrina, but is harmless to humans.
- Diet consists of small fishes and crustaceans.
- 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).
- Oviparous, or egg-laying, species.
- “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.
- Resembles the venomous sea snake, Laticauda colubrina, but is harmless to humans.
- Commonly seen hunting during the day.