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Elaps corallinus (Micrurus corallinus)
elapsus: to slip or glide away
Italian: serpente corallo
English: Brazilian Coral Snake
Trituration of the venom.
Animalia; Chordata / Vertebrata - Vertebrates; Reptilia - Reptiles; Serpentes - Snakes; Elapidae
(some information from Mitchell A. Fleisher)
Introduced by Mure; Allen: Encyclop.Mat. Med., Vol. Iv,190; Hering: Guiding Symptoms, Vol.V. 186; Clarke: A Dict. of Prat. Mat. Med., Vol. I, 696.
Description of the substance
Brazil (coastal south, RioGrande do Sul, Bahia, Santa Catarina), northern Uruguay, northeastern Argentina (Misiones), southern Paraguay. Low to intermediate elevations, in tropical deciduous and evergreen forests. A small snake, typically 500-700mm (18-28").
The genus Micrurus (the coral snakes) consists of 53 described species ranging from the southeastern US through Mexico and Central America to South America as far as central Argentina. The various species populate a diversity of habitats, from dry desert to cloud forest.
Coral snake, name for poisonous New World snakes of the same family as the Old World cobras. About 30 species inhabit Mexico, Central America, and N South America; two are found in the United States. The Eastern coral snake (Micrurus fulvius), or harlequin snake, is found in the SE United States and N Mexico. It is a burrowing snake with a small, blunt head and a cylindrical body, averaging 2 1/2 ft (75 cm) in length. The body is ringed with bands of black, red, and yellow; the tail has yellow and black rings only. The Sonoran, or Western, coral snake (Micruroides euryxanthus) is a rather rare species found in the SW United States and NW Mexico. It is about 18 in. (45 cm) long and has much broader bands of yellow than those of the Eastern species. Coral snakes can be distinguished from a number of similarly colored harmless snakes by the fact that they are the only ones with red bands touching yellow ones. The venom of coral snakes, like that of cobras, acts on the nervous system and causes paralysis; the mortality rate among humans who are bitten is high. However, coral snakes are infrequently encountered because of their burrowing habits, and they seldom bite unless handled. They feed on other snakes and on lizards. Coral snakes are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Reptilia, order Squamata, family Elapidae.
This is a nocturnal snake, with striking colours to warn away potential attackers. The Eastern Coral preys upon other snakes. They can be found in the United States southwards into the tropical forests of South America. They grow up to 3-5ft in length, depending upon the sub-species.
Coral snake Poisonous snake living in the Western Hemisphere , also related to the Cobra . There is only two species found in the United States; the rest inhabit Mexico, and Central America, and tropical South America.
Coral snake is also called the harlequin snake, is found in the Southern States and ranges to Mexico . And they are burrowing snakes with a body length length averaging two and a half feet long and a small blunt head. Its body has a ringed pattern with bands of black, red, and yellow ;
It mainly feeds on other snakes and lizards. The Western coral snake found in Arizona and New Mexico is smaller in length one and a half to 2 ft. long with the same or similar markings.