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Aquatic Coral Snake

Micrurus surinamensis


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.

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Tukup a year ago

Thanks Felix. It is one the two longest Coral snakes in the world and the most common in our area.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck a year ago

Wow! That's a fantastic find.

Tukup a year ago

Thanks Neil. Wish we had more representation of the Corals. They are amazing.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

Such a beauty. Lovely markings. Wonderful spotting, Tukup.

Tukup a year ago

I think coral snakes are the coolest. Since I started a mission for coral snakes, I've been surprised at how few have ever been documented here on Project Noah. Thanks Βασίλης and Gaia for your comments and favorites.

Gaia80 a year ago

Nice spotting!

Very nice spotting good job Tukup👍👍👍👍👍🐍🦎🐊🐢

Tukup a year ago

Thanks ornithoptera. These snakes are just gorgeous. I'm glad I'm finally getting around to putting some of them on Project Noah.

Ornithoptera80 a year ago

Great spotting, Tukup

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Morona-Santiago, Ecuador

Spotted on Nov 10, 2008
Submitted on Apr 4, 2020

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