Sonoran coral snake
The Sonoran Coral Snake (Micruroides euryxanthus) is a venomous snake of the Elapidae famaly found in the southwestern United States. It is the only venomous snake found there that is not a Rattlesnake. The average adult length is around 3 feet

Main Characteristics

The Sonoran Coral Snake has red, yellow, black, yellow color patterns in that order. They are a very slender snake.


Coral Snake venom is neurotoxic. Bites usually don't hurt at first, however if you are bitten, always seek medical attention. This snake is extremely deadly.


The Sonoran Coral Snake feeds on other snakes and rarely lizards.


The venomous Sonoran Coral Snake looks a lot like the non-venomous Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake. A way to remember this is to rebember the words "red touch yellow can hurt a fellow, red touch black venom they lack". This means that if the red bands are touching the black bands the snake is non-venomous. However, if the red bands are touching the yellow bands, the snake is venomous. This rule only applies to North America.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae


Species: M. euryxanthus