Polluted water: Itís where sea snakes wear black

Ordinarily, turtle-headed sea snakes have black skin with white bands or blotches. In a recent study conducted at the Pacific island of New Caledonia, however, it was discovered that snakes living on reefs near the city or military activity were almost pure black. It turns out that they've evolved to shed pollutants that bind to the melanin in black skin... Continue Reading Sea snakes are turning black to keep clean Category: Biology Tags: Evolution Ocean Pollution Snakes University of New Caledonia Related Articles: Clue to ancient "ghost species" of humans discovered in saliva Our c-section success might be giving us big heads How medieval Christian monks helped make the modern chicken Jaw canals reveal dog-sized reptile to be the earliest venomous land vertebrate

Polluted water: Itís where sea snakes wear black

Reptile counterpart proposed for textbook example of evolution favoring darker moths amid industrial soot.

Mon 14 Aug 17 from ScienceNews

Sea snakes are turning black to keep clean

Ordinarily, turtle-headed sea snakes have black skin with white bands or blotches. In a recent study conducted at the Pacific island of New Caledonia, however, it was discovered that ...

Fri 11 Aug 17 from Gizmag

Sea snakes lose their stripes to deal with pollution

Melanin pigment in darkened skin binds to pollutants and helps animals rid themselves of chemicals.

Thu 10 Aug 17 from Nature News

How urban seasnakes lost their stripes

Researchers studying turtle-headed seasnakes living on coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific noticed something unusual about the snakes' color patterns: seasnakes living in more pristine parts of ...

Thu 10 Aug 17 from Phys.org

How urban seasnakes lost their stripes, Thu 10 Aug 17 from ScienceDaily

Sea snakes living near humans turn black due to pollution

Experts say the blacker skin of urban sea snakes living on coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific allows them to better bind and rid their bodies of contaminants each time they shed their skins. ...

Thu 10 Aug 17 from Daily Mail

Pollution is Turning Sea Snakes BlackóBut Not Why You Think

Thu 10 Aug 17 from National Geographic

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