Detail photo - Eastern Coral Snake

DESCRIPTION: You can barely see the black eye of this pretty snake.  Also note that the yellow and black band at the base of the head actually transcends the scale separation which is rare.

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Keeping an Eastern Coral Snake in Captivity – What you need to know

Exotic pet handlers are becoming more and more common in this day and age. Many people are seeking out new and unique animals to house and take care of on their own. Of course, snake hobbyists are no exception. In fact, one of the desired “exotic” snakes is the Eastern coral snake.

Keeping this animal in captivity though, poses a large set of problems. The coral snake is highly venomous. Its bite contains one of the most potent venoms of any snake in North America. When a coral snake bites, it has a tendency to hang on to the victim, while most other snakes bite and let go immediately. Because of this, the snake is able to inject more of the venom into the bloodstream based on how long it hangs on to the victim. The venom itself is a neurotoxin; meaning when it enters the bloodstream, it immediately attacks the central nervous system and can halt a person’s ability to breathe.

Despite this potential danger however, some are willing to take the risk and choose to keep this beautiful but deadly animal as a pet. In order to do this, one must know how to build an appropriate habitat for their specimen.

Proper housing for a coral snake is an adequately sized aquarium with an extremely secure, screened cover for the top of the tank. Provide bedding to simulate the environment in the wild, supply good lighting, and a heat lamp. Coral snakes tend to be reclusive animals, so providing a hiding place is important as well. In fact, you will find that your snake will spend a good deal of its time in its hiding place. Lastly, water and a steady diet of lizards, small amphibians and reptiles will ensure a long, healthy life for your coral snake.

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Running a wildlife removal business in the state of Florida gives me the chance to see all kinds of interesting snakes! Florida has about 45 species of snake, and I've seen 29 of them so far. I've always got my eye out for new species, and I love spotting rare snakes in Florida. I also have a thing for venomous snakes - they're not too common in FL, so I always enjoy the chance to see a poisonous serpent. I really like snakes, and I've never hurt or killed one. They're an important part of the ecosystem, and often persecuted. Still, if you don't want snakes in your house or on your property, and judging from the number of phone calls I receive regarding snake problems, you don't, then give me or a local snake expert in your area a call, and we can remove the snakes from your property for you. I use many snake control methods - from snake traps, to snake repellents, to habitat modification, but most of all, good old-fashioned capture and removal. If you want to learn more, please read my How To Get Rid of Snakes page.

AAAnimal Control is a privately owned wildlife removal and pest control business, located in Orlando Florida. I deal strictly with wild animals including snakes inside houses. I am not an extermination company, but a critter removal and control specialist. The above photos are some of the many that I've taken in the field over my years of work. Please email me if you have any questions about the above photographs, or any questions about wildlife problems or Florida snake removal issues.

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