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Western Coral Snake

Western Coral Snake ~ Micruroides euryxanthus

Genus: Micruroides

Species: euryxanthus

Adult body length: 20 – 30 inches

Body length at birth: 6 – 8 inches

Breeding period: June – August

Young per year: 2 – 3 young per year

Typical foods: Insects, lizards, and other snakes

Habitat: mostly rocky areas

Can be found: from the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and northern Mexico, to the southwest of Mexico

Short description: no neck, rounded head, smooth scales, slender, rounded pupils

General description:

The Western Coral Snake, also known as the Arizona

Coral Snake, is a highly venomous snake. Its toxic

venom can cause paralysis and respiratory failure.

The Western Coral Snake  is a small colorful snake.

It has corresponding black, yellow, and red rings,

with the red rings touching the yellow rings. Like the

Eastern Coral Snake, it has a black head. It can easily

be confused with the scarlet king snake, for it is sort of

similar in pattern. Help for discerning these snakes, are 

two rhymes as written:

Red on Yellow, Kill a Fellow,

Red on Black, Venom Lack.

If its head is black,

Get Back!

westcoral.jpg    kingsnake.jpg

______Coral Snake_____________Scarlet Kingsnake_____



September 13 2007 12:43 am

3 Responses to “Western Coral Snake”

  1. Christopher Wilson on 23 Jul 2008 at 5:21 pm #

    Is the coral snake a live-bearer or does it produce eggs?

  2. jcbiggar1 on 27 Aug 2008 at 2:51 pm #

    The coral snake is an egg laying snake. It produces about 2 – 3 eggs during the summer.

  3. person on 26 Feb 2009 at 4:15 pm #

    yesterday, my pet coral snake ate my pet spider, frog, cat, and sister. :(

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