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snake

 [snāk]
any of many limbless reptiles; numerous species have venomous bites. See also snakebite.
coral snake any of various venomous pit vipers of the genera Micrurus and Micruroides; called also harlequin snake.
harlequin snake coral snake.

coral snake

n.
Any of various venomous elapid snakes chiefly of the genus Micrurus of tropical America and the southern United States, characteristically having bright red, yellow, and black bands.

coral snake

a poisonous snake with transverse red, yellow, and black bands that is native to the southern United States. Bites are rare; pain does not always result, but neuromuscular and respiratory effects may be severe. Immediate treatment includes keeping the victim quiet and immobilizing the bite area at the level of the heart. Ventilatory support should be provided. Antivenin is available.
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If appropriate Eastern Coral snake antivenom were available, any one or more of the early symptoms would indicate its administration.
More than a 12-our delay in the onset of serious symptoms in the past has often allowed plenty of time for transport to a hospital and administration of coral snake antivenom.
1,7,8,10,12) The number of deaths from Texas coral snakes during this time is unknown.
These studies state that most Eastern coral snakes hang on to their victims for several seconds.
Experimental studies of coral snake mimicry: generalized avoidance of ringed snake patterns by free-ranging avian predators.
Predation by free-ranging birds on partial coral snake mimics: the importance of ring width and color.
The number of attacks by carnivores was measured in 40 different locations, including 14 sites in Arizona where coral snakes were known to occur and 10 sites where they were known to be absent.
The attacks increased in areas with few or no coral snakes because predators had not evolved to recognize the patterns.
The snake, which may be a poisonous coral snake, is described as "large, bright red, with yellow hoops around its body.
The venom of Eastern coral snakes differs enough to require its own antivenin, also produced by Wyeth.
But there are also a number of false coral snakes which are mimics of coral snakes which are not poisonous and people are much more likely to keep them.
He contacted police and officers warned neighbours to be aware of the animal which is believed to be a tropical coral snake.