Sunday, January 20, 2013
I hate snakes!
OK, technically they are eels but technically, I don't care! They look like snakes, they slither around like snakes and they hide in the rocks like snakes, so....
Both of these photos were taken in the water in front of our condo in Maui. The first snake, er, eel, is a snowflake moray eel. The Hawaiian name if you are keeping track is "puhi kapa".
The second eel is a zebra moray eel, also known as the "puhi". Both of these eels have dull rounded teeth that they use for cracking the shells on crabs which is their main food source. Even though their teeth aren't sharp I doubt it would be comfortable being chomped on by a vice like grip. Both can get as big as five feet long but these weren't that big.The snowflake moray was only about 18-20 inches and the zebra moray was about 24-26 inches.
The eels are very skittish as you can see in the photos. They were trying to kick up as much sand as possible to hide from me. I don't think you could accidentally step on one but I think you might get to close to it's hiding spot without knowing it and get a "warning" chomp if you were unlucky. I kept my distance as a precaution.
Did I mention I don't like snakes?