Reptilia | Squamata
Bisby, F.A., Y.R. Roskov, T.M. Orrell, D. Nicolson, L.E. Paglinawan, N. Bailly, P.M. Kirk, T. Bourgoin and J. van Hertum (eds.). 2008. (Ref. 75097)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 109 cm SVL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75804); common length : 90.0 cm SVL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2352)
Reef-associated; depth range 0 - 60 m (Ref. 75803)
Climate / Range
Indo-Pacific: Endemic to New Caledonia (Loyalty Islands).
Widely spread in tropical reefs. Spends half of its lifetime on land but goes back to water to hunt for food. It then returns to small islets to digest its prey, mate and lay its eggs. Hard-bottom forager, targeting anguilliform fishes in cavities and burrows. Occupies the same trophic level as Laticauda laticaudata (Ref. 101687).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
Moderate vulnerability (36 of 100)