Eastern Coral Snake
An adult found active at night in Miami-Dade County, 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. These snakes appear to be relatively common in suburbs of south Florida, ocassionally showing up in yards and neighborhoods.