Harlequin Snake and Coral-Snake





The harlequin snake and the coral-snake are so similar in color and in

habits, one description for both will answer our purpose. They are

southern snakes, beginning in southern Indiana and extending south. They

are quite poisonous, but of such retiring habits as hardly to be classed

as dangerous. Most of their time is spent hidden under the sand and in

the ground, but when they do come out their colors are so brilliant as

not to be mistaken. On the harlequin snake the colors are bright

coral-red, yellow, and black, which alternate in stripes that encircle

the body. Its head is always banded with a broad yellow stripe. The

coral-snake is much the same in color, and only a close observer would

notice the difference. The coral-snake is also found in Arizona.





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