Clown snake eel

Clown snake eel

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Credit: MATTHEW OLDFIELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Clown snake eel. Head of a clown (or brownsaddled) snake eel (Ophichthus bonaparti) emerging from its hole. This eel is camouflaged on the sand and rocks amongst which it lives. It burrows into the sand tail-first to hide itself from predators. It is a carnivore, preying mainly on other fish. It may reach a length of over a metre. Photographed off Sabah, Malaysia.

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Keywords: animal, bony fish, brownsaddled, camouflaged, carnivore, carnivorous, clown snake eel, cryptic colouration, emerging, fish, head, hole, malaysian, marine, nature, ocean, ophichthus bonaparti, peering, pisces, predatory, sabah, sea, underwater, wildlife, zoology

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