coral snake

noun
1.
any of numerous venomous elapid snakes, found chiefly in the New World tropics, as Micrurus fulvius (eastern coral snake) of the southeastern U.S., often brilliantly marked with bands of red, yellow, and black.
2.
any of several other snakes, as of the genus Calliophis, of Asia, having red markings.

Origin:
1750–50

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coral snake
 
n
1.  any venomous elapid snake of the genus Micrurus and related genera, of tropical and subtropical America, marked with red, black, yellow, and white transverse bands
2.  any of various other brightly coloured elapid snakes of Africa and SE Asia

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Example sentences
If a predator does get too close, the coral snake coils around itself.
The coral snake feeds primarily on lizards and other snakes small stream
  forests.
The scarlet snake was once considered a mimic of the venomous coral snake.
Along with scarlet snake, sometimes confused with the coral snake due to its
  similar colorful banded pattern.
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