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Coral Snakes
Micrurus f. fulvius

Poisonous Snake Index       Pictures of Coral Snakes

Coral Snake    Scarlet King Snake, picture   Scarlet Snake, pictures

Coral Snake Pictures, rangeCoral Snake
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A highly dangerous snake that is common in many areas but their habitats are secretive.  Usually encountered in early morning and evening hours, coral snakes can be found in any environment.
Average length 24 inches, maximum length 47 inches
The first color (starting with the head) on the coral snake is black.  The venom is neurotoxic, paralyzing the nerves.  Often handled with impunity by reckless persons.  Usually hangs on while biting, injecting as much venom as possible.  There is a high percentage of fatalities from the coral snake bite.  Treatment should start as soon as possible.

About three species of coral snakes are found in the United States.  All are small, brightly colored snakes.  The venom is neurotoxic and attacks the nervous system.  Coral snakes have small grooved fangs which are permanently erect.  They usually hang on after biting.  Coral snake antivenom is produced for these species in this country.
The Arizona Coral snake (Micruroides) is found only in the Southwestern United States.  The venom appears very toxic.  The bites are very rare and there is no antivenom for this species.
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Scarlet KingsnakeScarlet King Snake
Lampropeltis t. elapsoides


The Scarlet king snake is often called the "false coral" because of the similarity of many colors and patterns.  Again, the first color on the Scarlet King Snake is red; the coral snake starts with black.
Average length 12 inches; maximum length 18 inches.
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Scarlet SnakeScarlet Snake
Cemophora coccinea


The scarlet snake is a rather uncommon burrowing snake, rarely bites when handled.  It is ringed with red, black and yellow.  Note that the first color on the nose is red; the coral snake starts with black.
Average length 16 inches; maximum length 2 feet.
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Our thanks and gratitude to Dr. Andrew Kouloulis, noted herpetologist, for permission to use his research and pictures provided on these pages.  Information taken from Dr. Kouloulis' Poisonous Snake Chart.

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