What Do Coral Snakes Eat?
The coral snake is a venomous snake which must literally chew on their prey in order to inject venom in order to subdue their prey. The most common foods a coral snake will eat includes frogs, lizards, smaller snakes which also include other coral snakes!
Coral snakes are known for their flamboyant colored bodies and the second-strongest venom of any snake in the world. The most powerful venom belongs to the black mamba snake. However, the coral snake is considered to be less dangerous than the rattlesnake because their method of injection of venom is less effective.
According to a herpetologist (Sara Viernum) the coral snake is the most toxic snake in North America.
As mentioned on many different article on our website snakes are carnivores and the same applies to coral snakes. Their diet consists on various reptiles of their size and other smaller snakes that they can overpower.
One of the most common type of snakes a coral snake will try and devour are the smaller smoothed-scaled snakes. In particular they really enjoy black-headed or blind snakes.
Interesting Coral Snake Facts
In addition to the information above on what coral snakes can and will eat here are some interesting facts about coral snakes that you may find interesting.
- Coral snakes cannot retract their venomous fangs unlike most venomous snakes. Their fangs are always erect and outside of their mouth.
- Most coral snakes reach between 18 - 20 inches in length.
- They produce a neurotoxic venom that if untreated within hours of bite it can cause long standing effects and possibly cardiac arrest due to inability to breath. Sometimes the signs of venom do not show for up to 12 hours.
- Coral snakes are also known as "ophiophagous", which means "snake eaters" as they often eat other snakes including coral snakes!
- This type of snake normally comes out in the evenings and early mornings and therefore rarely come in contact with humans. However they can be extremely dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.
- There is a famous saying to know if the snake is venomous and dangerous or not which is "Red on yellow, kill a fellow" and "red on black, friend of Jack".
- Coral snakes are the only venomous snake in North America that actually lay eggs instead of live snakes.