Sunday, July 15, 2012

Coral Snake

The coral snake is a venomous snake which belongs to the genus Micrurus. Its glands secret a potent neurotoxic venom, which causes muscle paralysis and, hence, difficulty for breathing. It is found in southern United States and Mexico. The adult coral snake body measures an average of 1 m in length, and has yellow, red, and black rings or bands. If not treated, the victim could die of cardiorespiratory paralysis in a matter of hours.