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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
1750-50
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  • 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.
  • The other type is neuro-toxic and similar to the venom of the coral snake and the cobras.
  • Color patterns of this kingsnake are similar to those of the poisonous coral snake.
  • It is similar to the poisonous coral snake, the scarlet king snake and the milk snake.
British Dictionary definitions for coral snake

coral snake

noun
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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