The Coral Snake - the Most Deadly Snake in the United States
The Coral Snake
Now there are exactly seventy six species of coral snake in this world, and exactly eleven of those species of coral snake are totally non American native snakes, or Old World snakes, if you please, and so I won't be discussing them. It's not that I think that they are less important, it's that I'm less likely to ever see one. For the record, I've never seen a coral snake anywhere at all so far as I recall, and that includes any and every zoo that I've ever had the pleasure of visiting too.
If I did happen to see a coral snake this very day while I'm doing this and that outside here at the Shaw family farm, then I'd maybe run and grab a camera and hope to be able to get back and get a photo before the coral snake slithered away. I'd not even think about grabbing one of my shotguns - I'll save the shotguns for the pit vipers, or even the less than wise king snakes and chicken snakes that have their minds set on the Dad's chickens.
Though the coral snake is extremely deadly and has a far more powerful venom than does the rattle snakes, the water moccasins and the copperheads, the three snakes that I just mentioned get free ventilation at the expense of a twenty gauge shotgun shell for a great bargain just by being too close to our house. The coral snakes, however, with their super venom, get photographed.
Cemophora coccinea - The Scarlet Snake NOT A Coral Snake
The Coral Snake - NON Aggressive and Shy
Everyone's heard that there are no snakes in Ireland. That's entirely true, but there is a very deadly snake that lives in Britain, the British adder. The thing about the British adder is that it's pretty for a snake, and also that it absolutely has no inkling why anyone would bother it so much as to cause it to feel as though it's deadly bite were in order for self preservation. The British adder is unlike other adders - as most adders are very aggressive.
Think of the American coral snake as a kindred slithering spirit to the British adder. Neither one of those snakes ever want to bite you, oh human, and both of them are rather colourful.
Coral snakes inhabit places that humans do not, and besides that, they want you to leave whilst at the same time preferring to leave themselves first when they see you. Coral snakes truly hope that you get the idea, and leave the area too. There are typically under twenty coral snake bites in the USA per year. These snakes are small compared to pit vipers, and their fangs are also small. The coral snake can't pierce the jeans of persons dumb enough to get bit by one very often, but if they do pierce the skin of someone, it's not very painful - but this is deceptive, as you will almost certainly be dying and dead in only an hour or so. Respiratory failure will be your ticket out of this world for playing with a coral snake, and due to the Food and Drug Administration caring so very little for your life, there is currently NO MORE ANTI VENOM in the USA for treating a coral snake bite. Do you believe that? It's true.
You see, the coral snake is NOT a pit viper, so the Cro Fab anti venom that will save the life of a person bit by a rattlesnake or a water moccasin will not work for coral snake bites. The pit viper bite is extremely painful, and that was your first clue that they were different toxins, except that we've already discussed how the coral snake is not a pit viper. If a coral snake bites you in the Americas, you're just dead, get over it, you've about one to two hours to say your prayers, or otherwise do what you need to do.
Coral Snake Colouration
Black on Yellow Will Kill A Fellow
Red On Black Is A Friend Of Jack!
Little sing song rhymes abound in this world, and often they presume to be truth when they are only dangerous fairy tales. A very notable exception to the dangerous fairy tale variety of these is what I've shown in bold italics above. That little rhyme up there can and will not only possibly save the life of the reader or a reader's friend and/or family, but also the life of another sort of friend, the spineless friend that is a King Snake, and King Snakes do not one single solitary thing that humans don't benefit from. Though the coral snake is a snake that seeks to do no harm to humans that aren't bothering it, the king snakes of this world eat coral snakes just the same, as king snakes....just really seem to be working for us. King snakes are totally our friends. If I had one here with me right now, I might freaking kiss the thing on the mouth.
A Texas Coral Snake
The Coral Snake Anti Venom Fiasco
- Coral Snake Antivenom - Coral Snake Bite Venom - Popular Mechanics
In May I wrote about a critical coming shortage in coral snake antivenom, known as Micrurus fulvis, the only FDA-approved cure or coral snake bite available in the U.S. By some bizarre and slightly macabre coincidence, the expiration date for the...
Where Do Coral Snakes Live?
Coral snakes spend the majority of their lives completely out of the sight of the rest of us, they prefer to spend their time under large piles of debris such as a big pile of leaves and tree limbs, there are some species of coral snakes, however, that spend almost their entire lives in swamp like environments consisting of low water and lots of vegetation that penetrates the surface.
Gardening comes to mind as an activity when someone could possibly come into the very undesired and accidental contact with these snakes, as they like to stay under cover of leaves, and if you do as I do, and fill your garden with leaves, then you should get the idea. I think I just convinced myself to ...um, be scared of raking leaves and putting them into the garden. One bit of a positive here is that coral snakes often dry bite humans, and a dry bite, of course, is a bite where no venom is injected. We've already discussed, but it's well worth another mention, how under the Obama administration and the Monsanto lawyer that heads the FDA, the fools have allowed all stocks of coral snake anti venom to expire, so a coral snake bite is an absolute fatality if venom is injected. Coral snakes, however, don't care about Obama and his Monsanto lawyer running one of the most corrupt administrations in America - coral snakes prefer to inject their venom into smaller snakes, frogs, mice, and birds, and then eat them.
Coral Snakes and the Snakes which Look Like Them
© 2012 Wesman Todd Shaw