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This is one of two largest coral snakes in the world regularly measuring over 1 meter up to 1.5 meters. There is a reliable report from Colombia of 1.8 meters. This one was little over 1 m long. They are also heavy bodied for a coral snake. They have colors arranged in triads (red, black, white, black, white, black, red). The entire head is red or orange to the back of the parietal scales (back of head) and indicate the start of the first triad.
This snake was found along a fishing trail that follows a stream in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador (700 masl).
They are a beautiful snake and not aggressive in the least. Having said that, even docile snakes have their breaking point and it's different for every snake. If these have to be handled, they should be handled with extreme care as their size allows them to give a good dose of venom for a coral snake.
Spotted on Nov 10, 2008
Submitted on Apr 4, 2020
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