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Eastern Coral Snake

Micrurus fulvius fulvius

Geographical Locale

  • Most prevalent in southern Georgia and Florida, found in dry, open areas that are bushy but not heavily vegetated.
  • Also found in sandy areas in Mississippi and Louisiana.


  • 50-80 cm long.
  • Pattern on the body consists of wide, alternate rings of red and black, separated by narrower yellow rings. The red rings are speckled with black.
  • Tail has black and yellow rings - no red rings.
  • Black head.


  • These snakes are generally reclusive, so only prone to bite if stepped on or handled.
  • The bite is venomous. If bitten, seek immediate medical attention.


  • Between 3-12 eggs are laid in early summer.
  • Eggs hatch in late summer or early fall.
  • Baby snakes approx 18cm long.
  • Lifespan in the wild is unknown.


  • Preferred habitats are pine and scrub oak sandhills and pine flatwoods that undergo seasonal flooding.
  • They usually stay underground or under leaf piles although are occasionally seen in the open.
  • Feed on small snakes and lizards.

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