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Micrurus fulvius

Eastern Coral Snake

Venomous 💀💀💀💀 Very dangerous bite ref
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Warning. 

This snake is very reluctant to bite, even when handled. But if it bites, it will chew the venom into the bite victim. Respiratory paralysis and death are common bite consequences.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 130 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 17.8 to 20 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

  • fixed ref front-fanged ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length

  • 2.7 mm ref

Altitude range

Vertical distribution

0 to 400 meter above sea level (a.s.l.) ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Micrurus fulvius  ACHUAR-SHIWIAR Titínkia, Wéeka Napíri, Wéeka Nukúri, AGUARUNA Itigkía, AMAHUACA Máxu Róno, AYMARA Mullut'uma, BAURE Gagerese, Hipagueneca, BORA Cáábuú, BORDER KUNA Masarnaibe, CENTRAL NAHUATL Cuicuicoátl, Tlapapalcoátl, CENTRAL TARAHUMARA Apó Si Ni, Waposa Na, CHAYAHUITA Sé'huirahui'ton, Sé'yorahui'ton, CHOL Cinta Laj Co', Xc'uxtsuc, Xoto'chel, Xotochel, Yaxajachan, CHORTí Ch'ahkib Chan, COLORADO Huin Piní, DUTCH Harlekijnkoraalslang, Korlaschlang, Kraalslang, ENGLISH American Cobra, American Coral Snake, Barbour's Coral Snake, Barbours's Coral Snake, Bead And Coral, Bead Snake, Candy Cane Snake, Candy Stick Snake, Common Coral Snake, Coral, Coral Adder, Coral Snake, Corn Snake, Eastern Coral Snake, Eastern Harlequin Snake, Elaps Harlequin Snake, Florida Coral Snake, Florida Harlequin Snake, Fulvous Snake, Garter Snake, Harlequin Coral Snake, Harlequin Snake, King Snake, North American Coral Snake, Red Bead Snake, Red Beaded Snake, South Florida Coral Snake, Spotted Coral Snake, Thunder And Lightening Snake, Thunder And Lightning Snake, Thunder Snake, Viper, FINNISH Harlekiinikäärme, FRENCH Corail, Micrure Arlequin, Micurure, Noire Et Jaune, Serpent Arlequin, Serpent Corail, Serpent Corail Commun, Serpent Coral, Serpent Coraux, GALIBI CARIB Ku Rá Li, GERMAN Echte Korallenotter, Echte Korallenschlange, Gewöhnliche Korallenschlange, Harlekin Korallenotter, Harlekin Korallenschlange, Korallenotter, Korallenschlange, Östliche Korallenschlange, Schlankkorallenotter, GUARANI Boi Corá, Chumbé Pe, Ibiboca, Mbói Corá, Mbói Yuyvóvó, Mbóichumbé, HUAMBISA Titigka, KOASATI Hakcommí Stishilká Apihcí, MBYá GUARANí Mboi Pytã, MíSKITO Silbiara, MURUI HUITOTO éganio, Egiañó, NIVACLé Yucyucshi, OCAINA Carááraho, OJITLáN CHINANTEC Møh Chi Dság, PAUMARí Bakororo, Kanarava Kaipi, PEñOLES MIXTEC Koonundeve, PORTUGUESE Boicoral, Cobra Corais Verdadeira, Cobra Coral, Cobra Coral Verdadeira, Coral, Coral Verdadeira, QUECHUA Manduro, Manduro Machacuy, SAN MATEO DEL MAR HUAVE Ngot Nüt, SHUAR Entsania, Iruntrar Nampéamu, Kayátsakau, Titink, SPANISH Cantil Coral, Coral, Coral Amarillo, Coral Cabeza Negra, Coral Canteado, Coral De Canutos, Coral De Ponzoña, Coral Gargantilla, Coral Macho, Coral Mexicana, Coral Negro, Coral Pinto, Coral Ponzoña, Coral Rojo, Coral Venenosa, Coralilla, Coralilla Mala, Coralillo, Coralillo Mala, Coralillo Norteamericano, Coralillo Ponzoña, Culebra Coral, Culebra Viente Minuto, Gargantilla, Pintada De Todos Los Colores, Serpiente Coral De Norteamérica, Serpiente De Coral, Serpiente De Coral De América Del Norte, Serpiente De Coral Verdadera, Vibora De Coral, Viente Minuto, SRANAN TONGO Krarasneke, Krarasneki, TABASCO ZOQUE Koraliu, TUPí Boipinima, Ibiboboca, Ububoca, Ubumboia, ULWA Bil Buka, Bilpirih, UNCODED LANGUAGES Cakycantí, Chiccan, Culáli, Quiakchib, Xop, UNDETERMINED LANGUAGE Naca Naca, Nacanaca, Sirari, WARAO Minare, WAYUU órroria, YANOMáMI Narimuk, Narimukbre, YUKPA Okonátsoro, ZAPOTEC Bel Peson, Beljtao' ref

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Elapidae

  • Elapids
  • III. Subfamily Incertae_sedis (Elapidae)

  • not assigned to any subfamily
  • IV. Genus Micrurus

  • Coral snakes
  • V. Species Micrurus fulvius

  • Eastern coral snake
  • VI. snakeID

  • 677
Look up complete taxonomic records of Micrurus fulvius (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).