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Arizona Coral Snake

The Arizona Coral Snake belongs to the elapid group and is poisonous. They are mostly found parts of USA and Mexico. These snakes, when startled, would often fart, emitting a horribly-smelling gas from its cloaca, a defensive behavior known as ‘cloacal popping’.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Elapidae
    Genus Micruroides
    Scientific Name Micruroides euryxanthus

    Other Names Sonoran Coral Snake
    Length 11–24 inches
    Color Alternating rings of red and black divided by white or yellow narrow rings
    Distribution Northwestern Mexico and the Southwestern United States
    Habitat Diverse habitat from sea level to 5,800 ft: Plains, lower mountain slopes, rocky upland deserts
    Diet Mostly small snakes and lizards
    Venom Fact Venomous; extremely potent venom but no fatalities reported
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    Litter Size Up to 3 eggs
    IUCN Conservation Status LC

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    Published on December 27th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

    One response to “Arizona Coral Snake”

    1. Roger phillips says:

      I found an arizona coral snake at the back bay in newport beach. I didnt touch it thinking it may be poisonous. I guess it is

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