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Arizona Coral Snake (Micruroides euryxanthus)
L=13-21" (33-53cm); slender (pencil-thick at best). Overall aposematically-colored
with bands of red, yellow (or white), and black that completely encircle
the snake's body. The snout is black. The coral snake has many Batesian
mimics (non-venomous snakes mimicking the coral snake), but only the coral
snake has all the following characteristics: a blunt, black snout (to
behind the eyes), bands that completely encircle the body, and yellow
bands touching red bands. Have round pupils.
Arizona Coral Snakes are carnivorous, feeding mainly on blind snakes (Leptotyphlops), which are about the size of worms, but they also occasionally feed on other small snakes and lizards. They are usually diurnal in the spring, nocturnal in the summer (when they are most commonly seen), and both in the fall (rarely come above ground during winter). Lays eggs.