Should we be worried about Sea Snakes? (Final Outline)

This discussion topic submitted by George Gardner ( at 3:49 pm on 5/27/00. Additions were last made on Sunday, June 4, 2000.

Snakes, either you love them or hate them! Sea Snakes are an interesting species because they have adapted to a totally aquatic life. Following is my final outline and sources.

1. Introduction: Man and snake
a. primeval fear
b. demons, monsters, gods

2. Evolution
a. oldest known reptile fossil
b. snakes evolved from lizards?
c. sea snakes descendants from cobras

3. Adaptations
a. tail
b. lungs
c. salt gland
d. heart

4. life span
a. reproduction
b. vivitarious

5. Native locations
a. Where they are and why
b. Why they are not in certain areas

6. Venom
a. beaked sea snake
b. neurotoxin

7. Exploitation
a. snake skin poducts
b. overhunting

8. conclusion
a. should we stay out of the ocean?

Literature cited

1. Bauchot,Roland. "Snakes a Natural History". New York,New York. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.,1997

2. Mattison, Chris. "The Encyclopedia of Snakes". New York, New York: Facts on File Inc., 1995

3. Phelps Tony."Poisonous Snakes". New York, New York: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.,1981

4. Mattison, Chris."Snakes of the World". New York, New York: facts on File.,Inc., 1986

5. "Sea Snakes"., Dolphin Log/May 1997. New York: The Cousteau Society, May 1997

6. Souza D.M."Sea Snakes". Minneapolis Minnisota: Carol & Hoda Books.,Inc.,1998


8. Minton, Sherman., and Heatwole, Harold; "Snakes and the Sea", Oceans,11:55,April 1978


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