The Yellow-lipped Sea Krait ('Laticauda colubrina') in the Northern Territory

Ray Chatto, Michael Guinea, Daniel Low Choy, Phil Mangion

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    Abstract

    The first authenticated record of the Yellow-lipped Sea Krait ('Laticauda colubrina') in the Northern Territory resulted from a request to remove a snake from the grounds of the Sky City Casino, on the eastern shores of Darwin Harbour, in October 2014. The colouration of the snake, a female, closely resembled museum specimens from Indonesia. Speculation on its presence in Darwin Harbour include being a ship's stowaway, swimming from nearby Indonesian islands, or a member of an, as yet, unauthenticated Northern Territory population from the islands of Arnhem Land. The sea krait was released alive in the mangrove habitat at East Point Reserve.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)17-20
    Number of pages4
    JournalNorthern Territory Naturalist
    Volume26
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015

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    Chatto, R., Guinea, M., Low Choy, D., & Mangion, P. (2015). The Yellow-lipped Sea Krait ('Laticauda colubrina') in the Northern Territory. Northern Territory Naturalist, 26, 17-20.