SCARLET KING SNAKE
By: Patricia Jones
Table of Contents
Picture of Scarlet Kingsnake
Coral snakes are most notable for their red, yellow/white, and black colored
banding. (Several nonvenomous species have similar coloration, however,
including the Scarlet Kingsnake, the Milk Snake, and the Chionactis
occipitalis annulata.) In some regions, the order of the bands distinguishes
between the non-venomous mimics and the venomous coral snakes,
inspiring some folk rhymes — "Red on yellow, kill a fellow; red on black,
friend of Jack" (for similar looking Milk Snakes). However, this only reliably
applies to coral snakes native to North America: Micrurus fulvius (Eastern or
common), Micrurus tener (Texas), and Micruroides euryxanthus (Arizona),
found in the southern and western United States. Coral snakes found in
other parts of the world can have distinctly different patterns, have red
bands touching black bands, have only pink and blue banding, or have no
banding at all.
Most species of coral snake are small in size. North American species
average around 3 feet (91 cm) in length, but specimens of up to 5 feet (150
cm) or slightly larger have been reported. Aquatic species have flattened
tails, to act as a fin, aiding in swimming.
Coral Snake Trivia
What colors are the coral snake made up of?
A. Black, green, and white
B. Green , yellow, and white
C. Black, red, and white
The Scarlet kingsnake (Lampropeltis elapsoides) is a type of king
snake that is found in the southeastern United States.They are
found in pine flatwoods, hardwood hammocks, prairies, cultivated
fields, and suburban areas.
The snake has a tri-color pattern of black, red, and yellow bands
that mimic the venomous coral snake. A method to help
differentiate between venomous and non venomous tri-color
snakes in North America is found in the popular phrases "red on
yellow, kill a fellow; red on black venom lack" or "If red touches
yellow, you're a dead fellow; if red touches black, you're all right,
Jack" and "Red and black is a friend of Jack".
Scarlet Kingsnake Trivia
Where is the kingsnake generally found?
A. Southeast United States
Coral snakes and Scarlet Snakes are unique creatures
similar in appearance.
One is harmless and one will kill you.
Be careful and remember the rhyme "Red on yellow, kill
a fellow; red on black, friend of Jack" !!!
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