Splitting Sea Snakes


Sea snakes are the deadliest serpents on the planet. Their venom is ten times deadlier than a King Cobra’s. They also have the advantage of being extremely fast swimmers.

Don’t worry, they don’t regenerate like sea stars, but their recently explored evolutionary does show an interesting split.

If the distinction of being the deadliest snakes in the world weren’t enough, evidence now shows that the deadliest species of sea snake is actually a set of two species. Convergent evolution is the answer, essentially explaining that nature independently selected for the deadliest, most efficient sea-snake traits in two separate snake branches, culminating in two species that are essentially identical. FASCINATING.

I just hope I never see one on my side of the glass…




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