El Niño's warmer waters blamed for venomous snake on California beach

Forecasters predict that the El Niño weather system will soon bring welcome rain to parched California, but one downside they didn’t predict was that it could also bring venomous snakes.

A yellow-bellied sea snake washed up in California.

A yellow-bellied sea snake washed up in California. Image by NOAA Photo Library / CC BY 2.0

A yellow bellied sea snake has washed up on a beach in Oxnard, southern California, for the first time in 30 years and experts are blaming warmer water temperatures (the snake’s preferred environment) which are a feature of El Niño. People are being told to keep away from the highly venomous snakes if they spot one, and report any sighting to police. Read more: news.sky.com

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