The Identification of the Eastern Coral Snake

The Identification of the Eastern Coral Snake

Coral Snakes are small (around 3 feet) vibrantly colored snakes that are highly venomous. You can identify a Coral Snake in two ways: there’s the rhyme: “red touching black is a friend of Jack’s” and “red touching yellow will kill a fellow.” The other way is that a Coral Snake has a black head and right behind the head will be a yellow band, sort of like a necktie. But don’t mistake the Coral Snake for its mimic: the Scarlet Kingsnake.  It has a red head with either yellow or white bands with very little black. Coral Snakes like to hunt underground for frogs and worms. Coral snakes are mostly found in pine forests under logs and pine needles, so if you’re hiking in pine forests, watch your step!

The Scarlet kingsnake is truly the master of mimicry...
The Scarlet kingsnake is truly the master of mimicry…

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