The Banded Snake Eel, Myrichthys colubrinus, is a carnivorous eel species that expertly camouflages itself in the wild across sand flats and sea grass beds as a hunting technique.
The Banded Snake Eel has broad black and white bands along with some dark blotches between the bands. The Banded Snake Eel has a pointed head with a pair of large tubular nostrils on the upper jaw that point downwards. This feature gives the eel an excellent sense of smell that allows it to seek out prey hidden beneath the sand surface. The Banded Snake Eel looks amazing while moving its undulating long body as it lacks fins and has only small pectoral fins. It is basically nocturnal in nature and comes out of its shelter during night only. The Banded Snake Eel buries itself in sand using the hard, pointed tip of its tail and therefore it is necessary to add a thick layer of sand on bottom. It is sociable and peaceful that makes it a good choice for a community fish aquarium. But make sure not to add small fishes which can fit to its mouth. The Banded Snake Eel thrives well in a temperature range of 74-79 degrees Fahrenheit. Because the adult grows up to 30 inches, it is best to keep in a tank not less than 60 gallon of tank. It is easy to keep, hardy in nature and readily accepts all kinds of live meaty foods.
They make excellent aquarium eels and will spend much of their time hiding in rockwork.