Venomous Eastern Coral Snake Harmless Scarlet Kingsnake Bands: Yellow - Red - Yellow -Black- Yellow - Red Bands: Yellow -Black- Red -Black- Yellow -Black Venomous or not? Can you tell the difference?
Playing Dead Among North American snakes, the Eastern Hognose has the most impressive defense behavior. When threatened, it flattens its head and neck like a cobra and hisses loudly. It may strike but rarely bites. If all this fails, the snake rolls over, writhes as if in pain, opens its mouth, sticks out its tongue, and plays dead. It is a real actor; you can pick it up and it will remain limp, but when you set it down, it will flop over onto its back again.