Scientists discover deadly new sea snake via @mongabay
Scientists discover deadly new sea snake mongabay.com February 24, 2012 Scientists in Australia have discovered a species of sea snake in estuaries of the Gulf of Carpenteria in northern Australia. The snake is described in the current issue of Zootaxa. The species, dubbed Hydrophis donaldii after the discover's boat captain David Donald, is distinguished from other related sea snakes by its "raised" scales. Its common name is the rough-scaled sea snake. Bryan Fry, Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, who together with colleagues from the the University of Adelaide discovered the reptile, said the snake was found in an area that is poorly surveyed and isn't exploited by commercial fishermen. “Weipa really is one of the last sea snake 'Serengetis'. We can see over 200 sea snakes in a single night's hunting, whereas sea snake populations have really crashed e...