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How urban seasnakes lost their stripes

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How urban seasnakes lost their stripesResearchers 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 the reef were decorated with black-and-white bands or blotches. Those in places with more human activity — near the city or military activity — were black. Those color differences are explained by differences in the snakes’ exposure to pollution.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 the reef were decorated with black-and-white bands or blotches. Those in places with more human activity — near the city or military activity — were black. Those color differences are explained by differences in the snakes’ exposure to pollution.

Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170810120423.htm

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