coral snake

noun

Definition of coral snake 

1 : any of several venomous chiefly tropical New World elapid snakes (genus Micrurus) brilliantly banded in red, black, and yellow or white that include two (M. fulvius and M. euryxanthus) ranging northward into the southern U.S.

2 : any of several harmless snakes resembling the coral snakes

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The coral snake lives in parts of the southeastern United States, according to National Geographic. Caitlin Keating, PEOPLE.com, "Alabama Father Paralyzed After Venomous Coral Snake Bite: He 'Thought It Was Just a Kingsnake'," 16 May 2018 In Florida, the natural world is teeming with terrors: coral snakes, alligators, sinkholes, extreme and ferocious weather. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Florida, Full of Dread," 14 June 2018 The eastern coral snake, found along the coastal areas, does not. Shelia Poole, ajc, "7 most common myths about snakes," 5 June 2018 But shortly after, the dangerous coral snake bit Phillips. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Alabama man paralyzed, 'fighting for his life' after coral snake bite, family says," 11 May 2018 Thankfully the United States is home to fewer venomous snake species than other parts of the world, but several native types of pit vipers and coral snakes can deliver dangerous toxic enzymes with a single strike. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "12 Snakebite First Aid Tips You Need to Know This Summer," 8 May 2018 Called elapids, these include the New World coral snakes, African mambas, African and Asian cobras, Asian kraits, tropical ocean sea snakes and the highly venomous snakes that make their home in Australia. Eli Greenbaum, Smithsonian, "When Science Means Getting Cobra Venom Spat Into Your Eye," 19 Dec. 2017 Some venoms, such as those of cobras and coral snakes, primarily attack the nervous system, leading to breathing difficulties and paralysis. Katie Nodjimbadem, Smithsonian, "How Many Ways Can Snake Venom Kill You and More Questions From Our Readers," 30 Sep. 2017 Kolby points to the example of Dunn’s earth snake (Geophis dunni), which was found in the stomach of a coral snake (Micrurus nigrocinctus) in Nicaragua in 1932. National Geographic, "Devil Frog Vomits Up a New Ant Species," 23 Sep. 2016

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circa 1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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coral snake

noun

Kids Definition of coral snake

: a small poisonous tropical American snake brightly ringed with red, black, and yellow or white

coral snake

noun
\ˈkȯr-əl-, ˈkär- \

Medical Definition of coral snake 

: any of several venomous chiefly tropical New World elapid snakes of the genus Micrurus that are brilliantly banded in red, black, and yellow or white and include two (M. fulvius and M. euryxanthus) ranging northward into the southern United States

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