mattiasklumofficial Like a silvery zebra-striped work of art, a yellow-lipped sea krait swim in Fijian waters. This sea-and-land-going snake, which need air to breathe, ascend the island’s rugged coral and limestone banks to rest. This beautiful snake’s toxic bite causes paralysis, which keeps its quick and strong  eel prey from escaping. In fact these kraits feed almost exclusively on eels, and their neurotoxic venom has evolved accordingly. Ironically it is the lethal characteristics of snake venom that makes it so valuable and sought after for use in medicinal treatments. The toxic components of snake venom have for example both led to the development of medicine against heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's. With some luck luck, the  yellow-lipped sea krait may soon combat  disease and this will luckily not affect the wild populations of this species at all. #yellow-lipped sea krait #fiji #mattiasklum #life #protectbiodiversity #science @natgeo @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov @alexandrovklumofficial @mattiasklumcollection

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Like a silvery zebra-striped work of art, a yellow-lipped sea krait swim in Fijian waters. This sea-and-land-going snake, which need air to breathe, ascend the island’s rugged coral and limestone banks to rest. This beautiful snake’s toxic bite causes paralysis, which keeps its quick and strong eel prey from escaping. In fact these kraits feed almost exclusively on eels, and their neurotoxic venom has evolved accordingly. Ironically it is the lethal characteristics of snake venom that makes it so valuable and sought after for use in medicinal treatments. The toxic components of snake venom have for example both led to the development of medicine against heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's. With some luck luck, the yellow-lipped sea krait may soon combat disease and this will luckily not affect the wild populations of this species at all. #yellow-lipped sea krait #fiji #mattiasklum #life #protectbiodiversity #science @natgeo @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov @alexandrovklumofficial @mattiasklumcollection

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angel_lozano, 2 months ago

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airahelen

airahelen, 2 months ago

Would never forget how I got face to face with a sea snake in the islands of Cebu, Philippines while I was snorkelling at only about 2 feet depth water. Never again! I will only snorkel at deep oceans where the snakes are probably farther away, not in my face. 🐍

charlizekiara

charlizekiara, 2 months ago

This is the snake I was trying to get away from in Fiji ahahhaha @bryannaallan

bryannaallan

bryannaallan, 2 months ago

@charlizekiara Hahahaha I remember exactly what it looked like from what you described before I even looked at this picture after getting the notification and I was in year 6 haha see I DO LISTEN

liloubssg

liloubssg, 2 months ago

@robin_mp le serpent d’indonesie !!!

dinogurl11

dinogurl11, 2 months ago

@mavenmel but they do eat eels, which are kinda creepier

sindijagirvica

sindijagirvica, 2 months ago

👌👌

lorenz_photography

lorenz_photography, 2 months ago

Unbelievable 😃 amazing nature

minstralmilo

minstralmilo, 2 months ago

Interesting

exhelms

exhelms, 2 months ago

👌👌👊

whalesdolphins

whalesdolphins, 2 months ago

🐋🐬🐳🦈

by.b.o.s.s

by.b.o.s.s, 2 months ago

ooooooOOOOoooooo. ..müthiş bir kare. .

_espirito_livre

_espirito_livre, 2 months ago

@havilahgold1 @lola_anthony_mason @reneejleslie

1millionenergyactions

1millionenergyactions, 2 months ago

Awesome. Let's all take action to fight climate change!

fashionableiam

fashionableiam, 1 month ago

👌💚

destinationdork

destinationdork, 1 month ago

🙈😳

ndrpintus

ndrpintus, 1 month ago

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moonracer372

moonracer372, 1 month ago

7 billion humans on this planet many of whom will need the valuable venom of this snake to survive....Humans kill other species to survive. Too many humans killing other species for their own survival means extinction of this species.

greyfeather_art

greyfeather_art, 1 month ago

All I see is a giant dragon head

travelawayeurope

travelawayeurope, 1 month ago

Aww!