Coral snake (Micrurus spp.)
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A number of years ago, walked into back yard and found my youngest and his Belizean buddies from the village playing with this
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Coral snake (Micrurus spp.)

They have neurotoxic venom, which is sneakier and not as fast acting as the venom carried by pit-vipers like the tommy goff.

You can see its "yellow" part best near the second black band near the head.

Red to yellow kill a fellow..

Red and black, friend of Jack. Red and yellow-deadly fellow!

The corals I have seen have all been extremely variable in the colour saturation and size of their markings. Coral snakes are id by the rings and not by the color. The rings of a coral snake circle the body of the snake and the rings on a false coral snake don't. There are many species of coral snakes and some are lethal because there's no antidote for them yet. So if you can see that the rings go around the whole body it is a coral snake, no matter the colors and it is poisonous. King coral snakes are normally very thick and large, way more than a coral snake, but you can always find a young one too.

A very laid back snake in my experience, but I wouldn't want my dogs playing with one.

Many years ago about 18 years. We had a presentation on snakes of Belize. I will never forget the rhyne that was taught to us by the presenter " red and yellow makes a fellow; red and black no friend of Jack. This is a poisonous snake !! Even after 18 years I still remember.

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