Venom researchers in Texas are now studying a possible Mexican substitute for Wyeth's coral snake
antivenom, but if or until it becomes available, RTs in areas where Eastern and Texas Coral snakebites occur need to become aware of some of the issues surrounding this type of bite.
Why would it be important for the scarlet king snake to live in the same area as the eastern coral snake
Not too long ago, right at the end of the twentieth century, some forty years after those overcast churchgoing days, a British editor wrote to me about an anthology she was putting together; I suggested she include 'Coral Snake
' in it.
But all my knowledge didn't protect me from my own close encounter a few weeks later, when I stepped right on a coral snake
(red and yellow stripes touching, I noted even in my screaming panic) while I was hanging out laundry.
mimicry: live snakes not avoided by a mammalian predator.
This baby coral snake
used a pointy "egg tooth" on its snout to rip open its tough shell.
Patient as the coral snake
in the double sleeping bag
The most venomous snake in Brazil, however, is the coral snake
. In spite of this, and probably due to its nocturnal nature and distinctive markings-bright red with black and white or yellow bands-it causes only one per cent of accidents.
A large number of Neotropical snakes have some elements of the coral snake
pattern (Pough 1988b), but there is very little information on the protective effects of partial mimics, largely due to the extreme difficulty of observing predation events in the field.
and the coral snake
. Each year about 45,000 snake bites are reported in the United States.