Some of you will remember my coral snake post from last year. That was a baby (or a normal-sized one). Our neighbors found this giant coral snake–about three feet long, I think, and I swear it must be a record for a coral, though it’s not surprising with all the lizards, birds, toads, and woodrats around here to eat–out on their lanai. They chased it off.
And it slithered into our backyard.
(I’m actually not freaked out–coral snakes have very small mouths, and you practically have to be handling one to get bitten. I didn’t kill the one last year and wouldn’t kill this one either, but we did have a neighbor who’d volunteered to relocate snakes come by–he couldn’t find the snake by then, though.)
But it’s pretty, huh? “Red on black, friend of Jack. Red on yellow, kill a fellow….”
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