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Eastern Coral Snake

Eastern coral snake is a species of poisonous snake belonging to the elapid family, found only in the southeastern United States. It is most active during the morning and early evening. The species is known to be reclusive. There are no recognized subspecies of this species.

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

    Other Names Common Coral Snake, American Cobra
    Length Usually less than 80 cm ; largest recorded specimen measures 129.5 cm
    Color Body consists of red and black rings partitioned by narrow yellow rings, red rings generally contain black patches; head is black from the tip of the snout to the back of the eyes
    Distribution Southeastern North Carolina, South Carolina, peninsular Florida, southern Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, southeastern Louisiana, central Texas
    Habitat Wooded, marshy, and sandy areas
    Diet Lizards, frogs, smaller snakes
    Predators Hawks, owls, coyotes, bigger snakes, larger dogs
    Venom Fact Venomous
    Breeding Season June
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 3 to 12 eggs
    Incubation Period 70 to 90 days
    Reproductive Age Around 1 year of age
    Average Lifespan Around 7 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on November 15th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

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