Venomous yellow bellied sea snakes found on Taranaki Shores

Submitted by shelley.fischer on Mon, 11/07/2016 - 14:40

Three venomous yellow bellied sea snakes have now been found on Taranaki Shores.

Yellow bellied sea snakes have now been seen this year on Tapuae Estate Beach, New Plymouth's Back Beach and Patea river. The species are classified as a New Zealand native, visiting our shores sporadically. The venoumous species are distinctive with a yellow belly contrasting with a dark back and paddle shaped tail. DOC recommend that anyone encountering one should stay at a safe distance, take a photo and report the sighting to DOC.

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