How to Tell the Difference Between a Poisonous Coral Snake & a Non-Poisonous King Snake

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Not all coral snakes are poisonous, but unfortunately the two types are pretty similar looking. Find out how to tell the difference between a poisonous coral snake with help from a dynamic, holistic and conventional veterinarian in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Jena Questen with, and I'm here to talk to you today about how to tell the difference between a poisonous coral snake and a non-poisonous, but very similar looking milk or king snake, like my friend here. Now her colors aren't quite as bright as they normally would be because she is almost shedding. However, you can still tell the most important thing which is to remember the little rhyme which is black and red, friend of Jack,black and yellow, kill a fellow. So what you're looking for is to see if the yellow and black bands actually touch each other which again you can't tell so well in here. I might have to show you a picture so that you can tell more clearly but she does not have that, she does not have yellow and black bands that are touching each other. Her bands rather are red and, red and black which is friendly. The other thing that you can do to check with these guys is to look at their nose. I don't know if you'll be able to tell up close if she'll cooperate or not but if they have just a little tiny black dot like she has, then this is going to be a non-poisonous snake. Poisonous coral snakes have a very much more distinctive black that extends all the way back to their eyes. So hopefully I've been able to help you today to differentiate a poisonous from a non-poisonous snake and on that note, I'm Dr. Q. and the rest is up to you. Thanks for stopping by today.


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