The coral snake is a beautiful but dangerous creature that inhabits the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. In North America they are found in the southeastern United States including Florida Louisiana and Texas. In Central and South America they can be found as far north as Mexico and as far south as Brazil.
Coral snakes are relatively small snakes averaging about 3 feet in length. They are brightly colored with bands of black yellow and red that run the length of their bodies. The colors of the bands vary depending on the species of coral snake but all are easily recognizable.
Coral snakes are venomous snakes and their bites can be fatal to humans. They are not aggressive snakes and will only bite if they feel threatened. If you see a coral snake it is best to leave it alone and avoid provoking it.
If you are unlucky enough to be bitten by a coral snake seek medical attention immediately. Coral snake bites are very serious and can be fatal if not treated promptly.