Crocker's sea snake

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Crocker's sea snake
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Subfamily: Hydrophiinae
Genus: Laticauda
Species: L. crockeri
Binomial name
Laticauda crockeri
Slevin, 1934
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Crocker's sea snake (Laticauda crockeri ) is a species of venomous snake in the subfamily Hydrophiinae. The species L. crockeri is found in Oceania.


The specific name, crockeri, is in honor of American railroad magnate Charles Templeton Crocker (1885-1948), who allowed the California Academy of Sciences to use his yacht, the Zaca, for scientific expeditions.[1]

Geographic range[edit]

L. crockeri is endemic to a single brackish lake (Lake Te-Nggano) on Rennell Island in the Solomon Islands.

Conservation status[edit]

L. crockeri is currently listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to the extremely limited distribution of the species.


  1. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Laticauda crockeri, p. 61).

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Further reading[edit]

  • Slevin JR. 1934. The Templeton Crocker Expedition to Western Polynesian and Melanesian Islands, 1933. Notes on the Reptiles and Amphibians, with the Description of a New Species of Sea-snake. Proc. California Acad. Sci. 21 (15) 183-188. (Laticauda crockeri, new species, p. 186).