The New Orleans Coral Snake

Coral snakes are listed among the New Orleans snakes known as “Elapid” and they are equally called Coral adder, American cobra, Florida coral snake as well as Eastern coral snake. There are more than sixty five different species of this snake.

The appearance and behavior
On the body size, Louisiana coral snake is measured 80 centimeter in length with 122cm maximum length. The males are being identified with longer tails than that of the females. Females also ultimately reach better lengths. The smooth scales formed fifteen rows at the dorsal region with rougher ventral scales. There are series of rings on the color of coral snakes which encircled the entire body. The wider black and red rings of coral snake length body are demarcated by the yellow rings.

The biology and life style
Snake bites linked to New Orleans coral snakes are rare, this is not withstanding that they are naturally venomous. Their bites do not get up to one hundred yearly. But, when they eventually bite, they can release large volume of their venom. Female coral snakes usually lay 3 to 12 eggs mostly between June and the month of August. The eggs usually hatch between the month of September and October. Their young neonate measurement is about 23cm in their length and they can get to maturity in few months time with the life cycle being between six months to about two years.

The habitat of coral snake
These Louisiana snakes are mostly found in seal level of about 400 meters altitude and they prefer staying in the high pine, hammocks, glade land regions and others. Also, it is not unlikely to find any of these snakes in the Flatwoods and scrub oaks. They can also live in sandy ridges, dry land with sparse of vegetables as well as bushes.

Coral snake diet
Coral snakes mostly feed on other smaller New Orleans snakes and reptiles. They mostly get attracted to smaller frogs as well as lizard as their foods. They equally feed on little sea creatures and smaller insects. In the absence of any of the preferred foods, coral snakes can easily eat other snakes that are smaller body size than them.

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