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Eastern Coral Snake (Micrurus fulvius)

  • There is little or no pain or swelling at the site of the bite, and other symptoms can be delayed for 12 hours. However, if untreated by antivenin, the neurotoxin begins to disrupt the connections between the brain and the muscles, causing slurred speech, double vision, and muscular paralysis, eventually ending in respiratory or cardiac failure.
  • This iconic snake, with its bulbous head and red, yellow, and black bands, is famous as much for its potent venom as for the many rhymes—”Red and yellow, kill a fellow; red and black, friend of Jack”—penned to distinguish it from similarly patterned, nonvenomous copycats, such as the scarlet king snake. (Personally I use the rhyme- “Red on Yellow, you’re a dead fellow. Red on Black you’re ok Jack.”)
  • 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.
  • Eastern coral snakes are relatives of the cobra, mamba, and sea snake. They live in the wooded, sandy, and marshy areas of the southeastern United States, and spend most of their lives burrowed underground or in leaf piles.
  • They eat lizards, frogs, and smaller snakes, including other coral snakes. Baby snakes emerge from their eggs 7 inches (17.8 centimeters) long and fully venomous. Adults reach about 2 feet (0.6 meters) in length. Average lifespan in the wild is unknown, but they can live up to seven years in captivity.
  • When threatened, a coral snake will curl the tip of its tail to confuse its attacker as to which end is its head.

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Wrangling the demon last night! He was really not going to let me clean his water bowl so I used my hook to enforce the point.

He’s smart! Most snakes just get mad at the hook and stay in one spot. Oh no, not him. He knew I controlled the hook and he was mad at me so he came up the pole to bite my arm and hands. Little demon, your teeth are a little too small to scare me. I have two tiny pinpricks on my arm from the last bite, the rest didn’t leave a mark.

Since the point of the hook was to KEEP me from getting bit and all he was doing was sitting on the handle biting me, I just scooted him off and into my hands. Instant calm. He still watched me and made a show if I moved too fast for him, but he did let me wash his water bowl and then put both him and the bowl back without a fight.

Hooks are wonderful inventions for wrangling murderous noodles

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Upon bringing him out of his cage, I realized he was going blue. So this photoshoot didn’t last long.

So adorable. 

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Sunbeam Snake (Xenopeltis unicolor) - photo by Loskutov

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Komodo dragons were unknown by western scientists until 1912. They are the largest living lizard in the world. 

*heavy breathing*

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This is one of my favourite pictures of Kagura.:’) She likes to sit like a people and watch the laptop/TV

oh my God that is the cutest snake ever.

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