(notes on materia medica)
[source] it belongs to the whole family of hemicricoid flat tailed snakes.
[animal morphology] hemicricoid flat tailed snake, also known as sea snake.
The total length is 63-150 cm. The head is short, the tail is flat, and the trunk is slightly cylindrical. There were 2 upper and lower snout scales, 7 upper lip scales, in which the third and fourth scales entered the eyes, 7 lower lip scales, 3 forehead scales, 1 frontal scale larger than the cranial top scale, 1 anterior scale, 2 posterior scales, 2 temporal scales and 3 pharyngeal scales. No buccal scales. Body scales: 23 rows, smooth scales, arranged as imbricate. There are 178-205 abdominal scales, 2 anal scales and 32-43 infracaudal scales. There is a large scale at the end. The ventral median line of the posterior part of the body is angulated. The back is green or brown gray or cyan gray, and the abdomen is yellow or white or light cyan. There are 25-52 fine brown ring stripes in all. The upper lip and snout are dark brown.
It lives in the sea and preys on fish. In the end of summer, they lay eggs between rocks. Toxic. It is distributed in the East China Sea and the South China Sea.
[nature and taste] notes on materia medica: "it tastes salty, flat and nontoxic. "
[function and indications] "materia medica collection": "it is used to treat red and white dysentery, five pheasant diseases, and malignant sores. When cooking, you can also take one or two money daggers. "
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