Eastern Coral Snake

Micrurus fulvius

Summary 6

Micrurus fulvius is a venomous elapid snake found in the southeastern United States and northeastern Mexico. It should not be confused with the scarlet snake (Cemophora coccinea) or scarlet kingsnake (Lampropeltis elapsoides), which are harmless mimics. No subspecies are currently recognized.

Morphology 7

Banded with red, white, or yellow and black on which the red and yellow bands lie beside each other, and the snout is black. Size ranges from two-three feet (Barket 1964). The body scales are smooth and occur in 15 rows throughout; the anal plate is divided.

Confusing species: several subspecies of Lampropeltis triangulum and the species Cemophora coccinea also have red, yellow and black bands crossing their bodies, but their red and yellow bands are separated by black bands and their snouts are red instead of black (Barbour & Ernst 1989).

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  1. (c) Bethany Harvey, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), http://www.flickr.com/photos/58213275@N04/5354636994
  2. (c) 2011 Todd Pierson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?seq_num=347586&one=T
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  5. (c) 2011 Chris Brown, USGS, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?seq_num=364971&one=T
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