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Texas coral snake

Micrurus tener


I found this coral snake in the process of shedding its skin in my driveway on August 20, 2012. It belongs to Phylum Chordata, Class Reptilia. It can be identified by the series of black, yellow, and red bands. If the red band is next to a black band, it is not a venomous coral snake, but a non-venomous king snake.


Wooded, moist areas in the southern part of Texas and Louisiana. Eats rodents and other small animals.


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AshleyT 9 years ago

I think it is eating a Coachwhip, not positive of that though. Body size and color fit, and it is a common snake in the area.

AshleyT 9 years ago

Very cool find! Coral snakes commonly eat other snakes, but coral snakes are secretive snakes so this is not often observed. This is also a really good sized coral snake! You can add this spotting to the Snakes of the US Misison,

keithp2012 9 years ago

Yeah that's definetly eating another snake, amazing find!

Zoo Miami CS
Zoo Miami CS 9 years ago

It appears to be eating another snake and not shedding.

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Montgomery, Texas, USA

Spotted on Aug 21, 2013
Submitted on Aug 21, 2013

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