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In the left photo, Dr. Afuang points out that sea snakes are distinguished by flat, paddle-like tails like this specimen, Laticauda semifasciata. In the other photo, she explains that a tell-tale sign a snake is venomous is the triangle-shaped head and skinny neck just like on the viper specimen she’s holding, Tropidolaemus wagleri. Both snakes are found in the Philippines. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

In the left photo, Dr. Afuang points out that sea snakes are distinguished by flat, paddle-like tails like this specimen, Laticauda semifasciata. In the other photo, she explains that a tell-tale sign a snake is venomous is the triangle-shaped head and skinny neck just like on the viper specimen she’s holding, Tropidolaemus wagleri. Both snakes are found in the Philippines. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

In the left photo, Dr. Afuang points out that sea snakes are distinguished by flat, paddle-like tails like this specimen, Laticauda semifasciata. In the other photo, she explains that a tell-tale sign a snake is venomous is the triangle-shaped head and skinny neck just like on the viper specimen she’s holding, Tropidolaemus wagleri. Both snakes are found in the Philippines. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)