The Everglades

Coral Snake

Coral Snake picture Coral Snake drawing

A coral snake has a black head with alternating red, yellow, and black stripes. It is poisonous and very dangerous. The Florida King snake looks like the coral snake except that its head is red.

The coral snake feeds on small animals like lizards, which it injects with poison through its hollow fangs. Many larger animals eat the coral snake, but when they see those stripes, they sometimes go away.

The coral snake lives in the hardwood hammocks of the Everglades, sometimes under the bark of trees. They stay covered most of the time and are very hard to see. Like most reptiles, coral snakes lay eggs.

If you get bit by a coral snake, you should go immediately to a doctor. If you don't, you could die.

The Coral Snake lives in the pineland habitat.

Ian Picard

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