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Yes, I had to kill it but if my mother wasn't around, I would have left it alone
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I agree, definitely a shame, however, I do understand your position. (moms can be very convincing and sometimes don't understand that the danger is actually minimal).
What a shame that this beautiful snake was killed. As with most snakes, these will usually only strike if provoked. They rely on their venom to paralyze their prey & will on waste the energy & venom as a last resort. Coral snakes are extremely reclusive and generally bite humans only when handled or stepped on. They must literally chew on their victim to inject their venom fully, so most bites to humans don't result in death. In fact, no deaths from coral snake bites have been reported in the U.S. since an antivenin was released in 1967.Please can you remove the 2nd photo (of the dead snake). Thanks.
Spotted on May 1, 2012 Submitted on May 30, 2012
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