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Monday, 12 January 2015

Gothic Colours: Coral Snakes

In the US there is a beautiful but deadly snake:  the Coral snake. The Coral snakes are so beautiful that other snakes—not-venomous ones such as the King snake—look just like them. They have distinctive colouring, though, with a black, yellow and red bands, a yellow head, and a black band over their nose. One rhyme to help distinguish coral snakes from king snakes is "Red touch yellow, kill a fellow. Red touch black, friend to Jack." Another variation is "Red on black, venom lack; red on yellow, deadly fellow". However, most of the time coral snakes will not bite - they are very shy. There are no known deaths from the Arizona coral snake and only a few from the Eastern Coral snake.

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