Highly venomous stoke’s sea snake spotted at Sunshine Beach, Noosa
A beachgoer stumbles upon a dangerous 1.3-metre snake The Stokes Seasnake found on Sunshine Beach by Nussnake Catcher says they can be aggressive and ‘highly venomous’
A ‘huge’ snake has washed up on a beautiful beach, warning expert swimmers to be aware of the ‘highly venomous’ reptile.
Stoke’s sea snake was discovered on the beach by a man walking along Noosa’s Sunshine Beach on Tuesday morning.
The black and white snake was 1.2 to 1.3 meters long and had a large open scar on its side.
Stuart McKenzie of Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 was floored by the size of the sea snake.
‘It was quite big and quite thick [and] It could have been attacked or hit by a boat,’ he told Nine News.
The black and white snake (pictured) is 1.2 to 1.3 meters long
A beachgoer (pictured) stumbled upon a giant snake at Sunshine Beach in Noosa on Tuesday.
‘It’s important for people to find sea snakes that wash ashore as they are often sick and highly venomous.’
The reptile, described as ‘the largest of all sea snakes’, was taken to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital where it is being treated.
The species is found in coastal areas of northern Australia from Brisbane to Exmouth in Western Australia.
The species has been described as ‘the largest of all sea snakes’ (pictured).
Stokes C. Snake
Stokes’ sea snake is the largest and largest of all sea snakes. It reaches two meters in length and 26 cm in girth.
Stokes’ sea snake lives in the tropical waters of northern Australia, including Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.
This reptile is aggressive and has been reported to attack bathers unpleasantly.
Sea snakes are air-breathing reptiles and must come to the surface to breathe, but they can dive for 30 minutes to two hours to breathe.
They have an elongated cylindrical lung that extends for almost the entire length of their body.
Like most sea snakes, the Stokes’ seasnake is viviparous, giving birth to live young.
The Stokes seasnake is a strong swimmer and forages for slow-moving fish on the seabed and in holes and crevices in reefs.
Source: Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water