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Eastern Coral Snake | by Nick Scobel
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Eastern Coral Snake

Micrurus fulvius


An adult found moving at dusk in south central Florida. This is the most venomous snake in the United States, but its nasty reputation is ill deserved. Corals are docile, secretive snakes that spend most of their time underground where they search for other fossorial snakes and lizards as prey. Bites to humans are infrequent and are usually the result of someone either stepping on a snake barefoot or by intentionally handling the snake. As the old saying goes, "Red next to black is a friend of jack, red next to yellow can kill a fellow."

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Taken on March 11, 2016