Deadly Snake found ‘alive and wriggling’ in Northland

Deadly Snake found ‘alive and wriggling’ in Northland

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A deadly yellow-bellied sea snake arrived ashore at Woolleys Bay on the Tutukaka Coast in Northland.

It was found during the weekend ‘alive and wriggling’ by Gareth Fielder.

The snake species is highly venomous but they are docile creatures and can arrive naturally from time to time by ocean currents.


Source: CC/ Facebook - Gareth Fielder

About six to ten are sighted each year, often around the northeastern coast of the North Island.

The snakes have been found to move as far South as the Cook Strait.

Source: CC/ Facebook - Samantha Cooper

This is the second one to be found after the first had been seen more than a week ago on Tokerau Beach in Doubtless Bay by Samantha Cooper.

It is illegal to kill or harass a sea snake or possess one or any part of one without a permit. People should also not handle them as their toxin is highly dangerous.

If you see a snake, it is recommended to call the Department of Conservation on 0800 DOC HOT.

Image: SUPPLIED/Gareth Fielder

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