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From the tip of its snout to just behind the eye, the head of the Northern coral snake is black.
From the tip of its snout to just behind the eye, the head of the Northern coral snake is black. The tail is black and yellow, without any red rings. The Northern coral snake will swing or rattle its tail to confuse its predators. This feature did not become part of the animal’s behavior until after the Fall, when it began to be hunted by other animals.
CLASS: Reptilia (reptiles)
ORDER: Squamata (amphisbaenians, lizards, and snakes [scaly])
FAMILY: Elapidae (cobras, coral snakes, and kraits)
GENUS/SPECIES: Micrurus fulvius; 5 subspecies
Average Size: 20–30 in (51–76 cm)
Weight: 3–5 lbs (1.4–2.3 kg)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Mostly snakes; also lizards and frogs
Habitat: Dry woods, scrub areas, and low wet areas in the southeastern U.S. and northeastern Mexico