Texas Coral Snake
Micrurus fulvius tenere

Coral snakes have a fairly extensive range in Texas but, in the range of this work, they are found only in Val Verde County and into eastern Terrell County. They are not commonly seen in either county. The largest one I've found has been 36 inches, which is an impressive coral snake.

They are fragile snakes with a very thin skeleton. It is not hard to damage their skulls by applying a bit of pressure, so don't try stepping on them to stop them from getting away.

The generally accepted belief is that coral snakes have small mouths and therefor can't bite and envenomate unless they get a thin patch of skin, such as the webbing between the fingers. This is not true. They can get their teeth into a finger, so be careful.

Corals are primarily an eater of other small snakes, such as ground snakes, neonates of various species and they think that blind snakes are candy.

The snake above was found on Hwy. 277 near the Val Verde County/Edwards County line.

I'm not sure of the point of origin of this albino coral snake. Ryan Blakely was kind enough to let me photograph it. It was, so far as I know, the second albino texas coral snake found.