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City-dwelling sea snakes are changing colors for a strange reason

It has nothing to do with camouflage.
turtle headed sea snake

These sea snakes have adapted to live with polluted seas.

Claire Goiran

Normally, people and sea snakes don’t swim in the same waters. The slithering creatures prefer hanging out in remote areas. They also tend to be venomous, so humans don’t normally seek them out. But turtle-headed sea snakes are a different story.

They don’t have long fangs or potent venom like their sea and typically chow down on fish eggs. They also live fairly close to human cities, like Noumea, the capital city of the French territory New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean.

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