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Coral snake

Micrurus surinamensis


An 80 cm long snake, it was swiming under the water. Due to the color pattern I thought it was a coral snake, however the lines across the body appear to be incomplete...

2 Species ID Suggestions

Aquatic Coral Snake
Micrurus surinamensis
fer.virtual 7 months ago
Hydrodynaster bicinctus Hydrodynastes bicinctus | The Reptile Database

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fer.virtual 7 months ago

This is definitely not Micrurus surinamensis, as it has a triad pattern (3 black stripes) and the one in the photo has a monad pattern. It looks more like Hydrodynastes bicinctus.

Terry15 3 years ago

Highly doubtful that this is the aquatic coral snake (Micrurus surinamensis)

moralcoral 11 years ago

definitely not a banded krait, i work with them they have flattened tails and look very different

harsuame 11 years ago

Fascinante colores vivos

moralcoral 11 years ago

Ive asked several people about this snake now, no one is too sure, its those incompete bands but if i was to hazard a guess it would be Himeralli (Micrurus surinamensis) or the South American Aquatic Coral Snake, the largest coral snake, often has random bandings and a red head

Chris Carille
Chris Carille 11 years ago

You always need to be especially careful and aware of the species that you can encounter. Just a couple examples:

JamieDorton 11 years ago

A coral snake is a coral snake, I was not aware that thier color patterns were different depending on region...

Chris Carille
Chris Carille 11 years ago

Just a quick note... those rhymes only are applicable for the US coral snakes and mimics... follow that rhyme elsewhere and you could get killed

moralcoral 11 years ago

From what im reading all coral snakes make complete bands! an interesting conundrum!!

moralcoral 11 years ago

i see what you mean though coral snakes have a black head so something different here!

ClementDufour 11 years ago

if red touches black, you're okay jack
If red touches yellow, you're a dead fellow

moralcoral 11 years ago

Eastern Coral Snake Yellow-Red-Yellow-Black-Yellow-Red
Scarlet King Snake Yellow-Black-Red-Black-Yellow-Black

hard to tell apart if the colours are banded with yellow = Danger
if banded by black = Safe

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Vaupés, Colombia

Spotted on Jan 3, 2011
Submitted on Oct 27, 2011

Spotted for Mission

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