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Eastern Coral Snake

Easily mistaken for harmless look-alikes, the Coral Snake can be remembered by this rhyme that refers to its bright color bands: “Red touch yellow kills a fellow. Red touch black, venom lack.”

The Coral snake injects toxins that will stop a pet’s breathing. On the bright side, unlike Mojave rattlesnakes, Coral snakes actually have to chew a little bit to inject venom because their venom glands are back farther in their mouth. Dr. Wismer says: “Fortunately we don’t have too many dogs and cats having problems that way, but certainly if they do get bit, it can be a big problem.”

Location: The South, from North Carolina to eastern Texas.

What to do if your pet is bitten: Seek immediate veterinarian care.

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