If you are like the author, dear readers, you were inordinately excited by the release of the first installment of the “Life” series, a follow-up to “Planet Earth,” which aired on the Discovery channel and its affiliates this sunday. And if you know the author at all (at all, I say), the three of you who read with any regularity (ahem) would immediately have recognized that the sea krait was destined to be the newest addition to the annals of BV.
Because it is impossible to ignore the single most prominent feature of these Hydrophiidae : sea kraits Do. It. All. Day. Long. In more scientific terms, they “copulate. prodigiously. diurnally.” During which time the much smaller male is unable to disengage.
You read it right, dear readers. “Unable to disengage.”
No female sea kraits were available for comment (or their native reticence prevented them from kissing and telling), but we might imagine that this unique (ahem) situation has its benefits and its drawbacks:
*First: the male is unable to claim fatigue and roll over before he gets the job done. BUT:
*this leaves the female no option of… shall we say creative vocalization and a speedy retreat. NEVERTHELESS:
*there is no need for the female to long for just a bit more post-coital cuddling, AND
* she has no need to wonder if he’s going to call again. After all, dear readers, she knew he was a snake when she picked him up.