The Texas Corral Snake, Micrurus tener, is by far the most colorful venomous serpents and distinctively shaped. The corral snake is commonly found in the Southern United States and northeastern and central Mexico. Narrow yellow rings separate the broad alternating black and red body rings. There is no trace of red on the snakes head and tail, only black and yellow. The red and yellow rings are always in direct contact with each other. Remember the time-tested rhyme, “Red touch yellow, kill a fellow; red touch black venom lack.” The coral snake is typically nocturnal and shy, spending most of their time hiding under leaves, logs or in burrows in the ground.
Their diet primarily consists of earth snakes and other small species, such as lizards. The consumptions of rodents by the coral snakes are rare.
The small size of the coral snake limits their ability to bite humans and many bites from the snake do not inject any venom at all. However, a bite from any coral snake should be considered extremely serious, and medical treatment should be sought immediately.