Comparison of Eastern Coral Snake, Scarlet Kingsnake, and Scarlet Snake

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Eastern Coral Snake: Nose is black, broad and rounded
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Scarlet Kingsnake: Nose is red and blunt
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Scarlet Snake: Nose is red and pointed

 

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Eastern Coral Snake: The tail is only black and yellow (two colors)
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Scarlet Kingsnake: The tail is black, red, and yellow (three colors)
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Scarlet Snake: The tail is black, red, and white (three colors)

 

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Eastern Coral Snake: The belly has three colors, like the back
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Scarlet Kingsnake: The belly has three colors, like the back
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Scarlet Snake: The belly is white

 

Now that you have learned how their noses, tails, and bellies can be used to tell them apart, here is what the whole Eastern Coral Snake and its two mimics in Florida look like.

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Eastern Coral Snake, Micrurus fulvius
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Scarlet Kingsnake, Lampropeltis elapsoides.
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Scarlet Snake, Cemophora coccinea