Reptiles/Amphibians Profiles

American Alligator
American Bullfrog
American Toad
Australian Green Tree Frog
Black Caiman
Boa Constrictor
Common Garter Snake
Common Snapping Turtle
Eastern Box Turtle
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
Frill-necked Lizard
Galapagos Tortoise
Gila Monster
Green Anaconda
Green Anole
Green Iguana
Hawksbill Sea Turtle
Jackson's Chameleon
King Cobra
Komodo Dragon
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Leopard Frog
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Poison Dart Frogs
Red-eyed Tree Frog
Saltwater Crocodile
Texas Coral Snake

Texas Coral Snake

Description: The colorful and venomous Texas Coral Snake is red with black bands outlined in yellow. This snake can grow to about three and a half feet in length, but averages closer to two feet in length. Females are usually slightly larger than males. The Coral Snake is proteroglyphous, which means it has hollow fangs through which venom travels. To inject a significant amount of venom, the snake must hold on and chew at the victim's flesh. As a result, few humans are seriously injured by coral snakes. Nevertheless, the Texas Coral Snake can deliver painful bites that should be considered medical emergencies. People in the South learn to stay away from the Texas Coral Snake and similarly colored snakes with the rhyme "Red on yellow, kill a fellow; red on black, venom lack."

Diet: The Texas Coral Snake preys upon lizards and other small snakes.

Habitat/Range: The Texas Coral Snake is found in parts of eastern Texas, southern Arkansas and western Louisiana. It also ranges into northern Mexico. This diurnal snake is shy and often hides on the forest floor, under logs, or in underground burrows. It prefers heavily wooded habitats.

Breeding: Breeding habits of the Texas Coral Snake are poorly known. Females lay 3 to 12 eggs in June. Eggs hatch in September.