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Coral Snake at Morris Bridge
« on: January 12, 2008, 10:27:51 PM »
My friends, wife, and I had just finished a nice ride at Morris Bridge and were bull*ting in the sand parking lot at the hole in the fence when my friend noticed something odd in the woods.  A squirrel was going absolutely nuts...running around and flicking its tail as if it were trying to fend something off.  After closer inspection my friend noticed a snake.  After even further inspection we identified it as a Coral Snake about 2-3 ft in length.  It was hanging out no more than 4-feet from the parking lot.  I was actually amazed to see one in the wild (much less at 10am near relatively heavy human traffic)...the only ones I have seen prior to today were either at a zoo or dead on a road. 

I know they are generally shy creatures, but be careful if you are stomping through the woods near the sand parking lot by the hole in the fence.  One bite from this beautiful reptile could result in a very bad trip to the ER or, if not treated quickly, a trip to the mortuary. 

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Re: Coral Snake at Morris Bridge
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2008, 08:03:41 AM »
Coral snakes are generally shy and luckily have fangs in the back of their mouth, as opposed to rattlers and moccasins which have drop down fangs in the front.  So they actually need to chew a little in a soft spot of skin to inject their poison.  Not to say that one that has just attacked can't have some poison in it's mouth.  Good thing: not a strike and inject type of snake.  Bad: highly toxic nerve poison.
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Re: Coral Snake at Morris Bridge
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2008, 11:26:26 AM »
We saw one of those yesterday near Coconut Grove Yesterday.

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Re: Coral Snake at Morris Bridge
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2008, 04:21:24 PM »
"Red on yellow, kill a fellow. Red on black, won't hurt Jack."

Can you guess which snake is the MIMIC?


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It is hard to tell the difference, isn't it?


The scarlet king snake on the left is the mimic, and the coral snake on the right is the venomous one. The scarlet king snake is hoping that its enemies will think it is dangerous and not eat it! If you couldn't tell the difference, don't worry about it! The Kingsnake, or the mimic, would be really happy that you couldn't! If you ever see one of these snakes, here is a rhyme to help you remember the difference between the two.

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Re: Coral Snake at Morris Bridge
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2008, 04:36:08 PM »
Something else to look for to help differentiate the two:
Coral snakes have black heads, to behind the eyes.
Scarlet Kingsnakes are usually orange (yellow), then black behind the eyes.
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Re: Coral Snake at Morris Bridge
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2008, 07:03:22 PM »
Something else to look for to help differentiate the two:
Coral snakes have black heads, to behind the eyes.
Scarlet Kingsnakes are usually orange (yellow), then black behind the eyes.

Thing to remember is RED BORDERS YELLOW KILLS A FELLOW.

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Re: Coral Snake at Morris Bridge
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2008, 07:40:23 PM »
The old saying goes if you want to be bitten by a Coral Snake you have to make an appointment.  I read an article in the New England Journal of Medicine about forty coral snake bites.  The records were kept by MDs and the result were - none of the bites resulted in death.  Because the Coral snake has a neurotoxin it made take up to one to two hours to feel the affects of the bite.  Many of the bites in this study indicated some did not go to seek medical help till after feeling the affects of the toxin. The conclusions were to increase your chances of a Coral snake bite, drink alcohol and pick the snake up.

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Re: Coral Snake at Morris Bridge
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2008, 08:18:47 PM »
LOL...I kept saying that damn rhyme over and over when we saw that thing.  Coral Snakes are generally much skinnier compared to a similar colored Scarlet King (or at least of the ones I've seen in captivity). 

Figured this post would be helpful for those who take their kids out to Wilderness Park.  Any grown adult would know not to screw with a colorful snake, but a cool colorful snake may be pretty interesting to a curious kid who could handle it long enough to encourage a decent bite. 

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Re: Coral Snake at Morris Bridge
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2008, 09:37:35 PM »
Any grown adult would know not to screw with a colorful snake, but a cool colorful snake may be pretty interesting to a curious kid who could handle it long enough to encourage a decent bite. 

Funny thing is that I consider myself a grown adult and I'm thinking I want to grab my photography gear and head out there to see if I can find me one of them lil buggers to photograph, I've been wanting to expand my serpentene portolio!
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Re: Coral Snake at Morris Bridge
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2008, 07:09:59 AM »
Coral mimics include the scarlet king snake, the scarlet snake and what some call a milk snake,

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Re: Coral Snake at Morris Bridge
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2008, 07:55:23 AM »
Maybe we could do a movie "Snakes on the Trail" as a sequel to "Snakes on a Plane". It could star Garry as the police chief, Gregg as the overbearing detective that gets bit in his bad leg trying to catch me in one of my murderous excapades. Of course they would have to employ the help of the Swamp club for trail direction, guidance, and to help fight off all the other pesky animals such as the "Horror Cat", "Four Foot Lizards', "Man eating Alligators", "Giant Banana Spiders", and the soon to be seen Anacondas, coming soon to a theater near you! ;D :D ::)
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Re: Coral Snake at Morris Bridge
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2008, 08:08:23 AM »
Maybe we could do a movie "Snakes on the Trail" as a sequel to "Snakes on a Plane". It could star Garry as the police chief, Gregg as the overbearing detective that gets bit in his bad leg trying to catch me in one of my murderous excapades. Of course they would have to employ the help of the Swamp club for trail direction, guidance, and to help fight off all the other pesky animals such as the "Horror Cat", "Four Foot Lizards', "Man eating Alligators", "Giant Banana Spiders", and the soon to be seen Anacondas, coming soon to a theater near you! ;D :D ::)


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Re: Coral Snake at Morris Bridge
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2008, 08:18:25 AM »
You forgot the about the "Man Eating Wild Hogs", we are talking about WTA after all!

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Re: Coral Snake at Morris Bridge
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2008, 08:28:29 AM »
You forgot the about the "Man Eating Wild Hogs", we are talking about WTA after all!

You mean HOGZILLA?!

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Re: Coral Snake at Morris Bridge
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2008, 08:35:53 AM »
Yep, That one too, LOL!
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