Western Coral Snake ~ Micruroides 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
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,
______Coral Snake_____________Scarlet Kingsnake_____
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