coral snake

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Venomous snakes (Elapidae) which are characterized by bright coloration, generally in bands running around the body. They occur in the New World, but the name is sometimes applied to African and Asian forms of similar appearance. The warning coloration of the American genus Micrurus is mimicked by a harmless pipe snake Anilius scytale (Aniliidae), and some Lampropeltis species, including the milk snake (L. triangulum sinaloae), Californian kingsnake (L. getulus), and Californian mountain kingsnake (L. zonata).

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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