Luzon Island, Philippines
In this slightly closer view of a sand-covered sea krait, the forked tongue can be seen as it rapidly darts in and out. The eyes of a sea snake do not have eyelids, but are instead covered by a modified scale. The nostrils are visible, though special flaps keep out water. This one appears to have some remnants of skin beginning to peel from some of the forward black bands. Sea snakes shed their skin as often as every two weeks-- much more often than their land counterparts.
Jeffrey N. Jeffords (photographer; copyright holder; identification)
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