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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.