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Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake by Culpeo-Fox Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake by Culpeo-Fox
งูชายธงหลังดำ.
Hydrophis platurus.

Of all the Sea Snakes, H. platurus - formerly classified as Pelamis - is not only absolutely unmistakable for its colouration (which is solid black above and strikingly yellow underneath, though even complete yellow morphs do also occur) and compressed body, but also the one being most widespread, living an almost strictly pelagic life. Everything from shedding to hunting to mating, it all happens underwater (unlike other Sea Snakes, who would come to land for laying eggs at least). On land, this snake is almost completely helpless as it lacks any ventrals or even the body physique to crawl.

Even though bites are quite rare due to its docile albeit curious nature, the Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake is known for an extremely potent venom which provides it the luxury of having almost no predators to fear, with even sharks avoiding them. On top of that, it is also very much likely that it simply doesn't taste that well - animals which were fed with the flesh of this snake (among them several fishes and also a Leopard Seal) would either avoid eating altogether or vomit the flesh some short time after.


It's probably one of my personal favourites from all the Sea Snakes.
And i got a plush of it recently, that is just perfect in every way and which i offensively have to show off now: twitter.com/Thaisuppe/status/1…


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:icondarkstripeshadowpaw:
DarkstripeShadowpaw Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018
The snake "windows" are so wonderful!
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Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Chepseh Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2018
Ungeheuer gelbiges Gelb an dieser Schlange. :la:
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:iconotakuusagui:
otakuusagui Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I always find your snake drawings dazzling! . The background are always gorgeous aswell Heart 
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:iconlazy-coyote-burrito:
Lazy-Coyote-Burrito Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous slithery creature.
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:iconxsuicunex:
XSuicuneX Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I came back to see sneks and I am a very happy cune.
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Lazy-Coyote-Burrito Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
he attacc
he protecc
but most of all
he a snek
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:iconxsuicunex:
XSuicuneX Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
<3
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:iconcloudedheu:
CloudedHeu Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
One of ma fav sneaks too Meow :3 
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:iconsecretlysyllan:
SecretlySyllan Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous drawing, I love the way its body darkens to bronze at the lower half. :) This snake reminds me of the episode in HTTYD where Toothless becomes ill after eating an eel. XD
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Roseallie Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018
The colors and patterns are very cool! Your style looks like stained glass.
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ANBU-Kosuke Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist
Den Kopf und auch die Bauchfalte hast du hervorragend herausgearbeitet.
Die Haut ist richtig akkurat mini geschuppt. Und auch das Gelb auf blauem Hintergrund ist sehr schick.
Einfach ein exzellentes Kunstwerk!

Und tolles Plüschtier!
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:iconlealeditions:
LealEditions Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful!*-*
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:icondholms:
dholms Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Man these snake designs/drawings/renderings are excellent!!
Loving the rich color and the intricate detailing.
Very very cool.
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:iconbordertowndirector:
BorderTownDirector Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018
that is hecking gorgeous
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:iconpsydrache:
Psydrache Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wieder ein gelungenes Schlängli, und dann auch noch so ein interessante dazu!
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:iconblizzardhaze:
BlizzardHaze Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Where did you get that plush from? In love! :o I love this species, too <3 
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:iconganja--gal:
ganja--gal Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018
beautiful
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:iconsansthecheshire:
SansTheCheshire Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018
Can "yellow bellied coward" be used as an insult for him?
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:iconimdraproc:
Imdraproc Featured By Owner Edited Jun 24, 2018
Gorgeus, lively, and very detailed work. and I like the artistic motifs on and behind the sea snake - makes one think a bit of Indian art. 
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:iconculpeo-fox:
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!

The background is Thai gold lacquer art, as this series is all about snake species occuring in Thailand. :)
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:iconsfinga:
Sfinga Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018
As amazing as ever!
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:iconelzataerinn:
elzataerinn Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018
I take it this is one of the reasons why I should be glad for not living by the sea?
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:iconculpeo-fox:
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Professional General Artist
Oh, it's actually not that bad of a snake. Venomous as fuck, yes, and also apparently very curious (they are known to swim at you to check you out) but it is extremely lazy when it comes to biting.
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elzataerinn Featured By Owner Edited Jun 24, 2018
Actually, seeing the word 'venoumous' and 'curious' in the same sentence scares me even more :XD: Especially since I'm a bit of a nutty who loves to try petting animals, as I can tell you I've been bitten by a few little critters before.
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I-am-Fis Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018

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:iconfecler:
fecler Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018
absolutely love that grin plastered across his face. beautiful work as always, sir.
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M5Transmissions Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Student General Artist
I found a Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake on a trip to the beach, where a bird of prey hunted it. Would it eat it without finding the snake's taste disgusting?
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Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Professional General Artist
Man, that bird must have had some balls!
I don't know whether it wouldn't regret eating some meat of this snake, though. If it is able causing nausea even in a leopard seal, chances are a bird won't be able to stomach it either (though again, i can't tell because i simply don't know).
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M5Transmissions Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Student General Artist
Well, I did some research and that bird happened to be a Broad-Winged Hawk (Buteo Platypterus).
It was there in Tamarindo, Costa Rica because of the winter in the northern hemisphere.
According to the websites I have visited, it has the habit of skinning frogs and snakes before eating them.
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M5Transmissions Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Student General Artist
Hey, that would call for some research! :D
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:icongizmond90:
Gizmond90 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018
Awesome !
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:iconhonkycabbit:
honkycabbit Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018
Wow great etchings! It would certainly take a lot of patience to create this!
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:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018
All true sea snakes give live birth rather than laying eggs (sea kraits aren’t sea snakes).
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:iconalpha-pain:
Alpha-Pain Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Colourful and cool X3
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:iconmattsykun:
MattsyKun Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely love the contrast on this one! You definitely captured this lovely snake well.
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:iconleonca:
Leonca Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, gotta taste pretty weird to be unappetizing to a leopard seal.
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:iconzebg:
zebG Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I got one of those inside an alcohol jar.
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:iconskia:
Skia Featured By Owner Edited Jun 23, 2018   General Artist
Och, Seeleopardi.

...ich bin gerade mehr als angetan von Gesicht/Kopfform/Ausdruck. Was für eine Charakterschlange. 
Wunderschön auch dieses gesamte Fließende, Windende, Schwerelose. 
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Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Professional General Artist
Ich mag sie auch unfassbar gern. Die Schlange generell - ist einfach ein extrem schönes Tier, mit Charakterfresse.
Diese..Mais-Schuppen waren allerdings ein pain in the ass X)
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merdicano Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018
Majestic, very majestic
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merdicano Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018
Umm, were you commenting to me or to Culpeo?
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:iconfecler:
fecler Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018
sorry, tried commenting on a phone. damn thing... 
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:iconmerdicano:
merdicano Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018
No worries
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RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
wild
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:iconluckykoneko:
LuckyKoneko Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
what an absolute beauty!
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kingdragon01 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018
Wow, very fancy!
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