Coral Snake

Coral Snake
Ancestory and Evolution
Body Structure


Coral Snake

There are more than 50 kinds of Coral snakes in North and South America alone. These snakes belong to the Elipade family. Most coral snakes are about two to four feet long, and all have brightly colored bands of red, yellow, and black encircling them. Coral snakes often hide their head in their bodies when they sense danger. These snakes rarely bite humans.

Coral snakes are carnivores. Most Coral snakes eat other lizards and small snakes. Some also eat small mice and birds. Like other snakes, coral snakes swallow their victim whole.  During the day, Coral snakes spend their time in holes dug out by other animals.  They also live in logs, tree stumps, and rotting leaves. They live in the Southern United Sates, Central and South America. Some also live in Asia, Africa, and Australia. The two species that live in the United States are the Eastern and Western Coral snake. Different species of Coral snakes mate at different times throughout the year. They usually lay two to eighteen eggs and the young hatch in two months.

Coral SnakeCoral snakes rarely bite humans, but they are still among the most venomous snakes in the world. They obtained their name from the North American Explorers. The explorers thought that they looked like ocean coral, a brightly colored group of underwater animals.

Coral snakes belong to the family Elapidae and have a pair of short fangs at the roof of their mouth. They all have neurotoxic poison in their venom which paralyzes the victim and stops the respiratory system from working properly.

Phobias are often the sort of thing people develop after a life altering event, childhood memory, or just general fear of a certain thing. Most commonly, they include spiders, heights, being alone, and of course snakes. Yes, there seem to be something about a long, legless, tongue flicking, and not to mention poisonous serpent crawling around that just seems to give us the chills. It’s not surprising, its only human nature to fear that which is strange and powerful.

Yet, needless to say, humans have had this air of cockiness about them for centuries. Are we not the higher species? If so, we are we tormented by animals like these? Perhaps, it is in part due to our limited knowledge, and perhaps it is also due to the stories that have for decades been embedded into our gullible minds.

For the most part, people, specifically those living in modernized areas, don’t see snake often. They are too preoccupied with the hustle and bustle of modern society to even notice the nature around them (or at least what’s left of that nature). A few may by chance happen to drive down an isolated suburban road while a snake is slithering along, although, by this point the snake has most likely died. Other than this, the majority of the public will view snakes only while visiting the zoo. A chance physical encounter between a snake and a person will most likely bring forth unwarranted fear and an overwhelming sense that the animal should, for some vague reason, be destroyed.

Again, irrational and sometimes dangerous behavior is caused by ignorance; those who do not have the knowledge will react to what their mind tells them to do at a moment of panic. It seems as if people just have a general dislike for snakes, and it is quite evident that people refuse to learn about that which they do not like. This, quite frankly, is not wise.

Why is that not wise? Well, because snakes are everywhere, literally, even though we do not see them.  In the United States, snakes can be found in every state, and they are extremely abundant in the warmer states. Across the globe, there are nearly 30, 000 species of snakes. There is simply no where to hide, all snakes can swim, most can climb, and most move quickly over all sorts of terrain. So, expect the unexpected. Sure, snakes are most often found resting under logs, and rocks and such. Yet, they also venture off in search of food, and little kids pick up logs and rocks all the time. And who hasn’t gone fishing before, or watched the sunset by a river or creek? There are snakes lurking in those areas.

So, before it’s too late, take the time to learn about the snake, use this website and various others, specifically, this website will talk about the coral snake. So, snakes, serpents, legless lizards, whatever you call them, learn about them!

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