Happy Reptile Awareness Day! (I swear, there's a day for everything now...). And wouldn't you like to be made aware if your home state was about to get visited by one of the deadliest snakes on the face of the earth?
That's what California gets to look forward to as a recent El Nino event has brought sea snakes - close relatives to the cobras and mambas - washing up on beaches. Although they possess an extremely potent neurotoxin, sea snakes are very placid and unlikely to bite which, combined with the fact that they are nearly helpless on land, makes them one of the less-scary members of their family.
Still, even the gentlest of snakes will bite if prodded or harassed by a curious beachcomber. If you don't know what a snake is, it's always best to play it safe and leave it alone.