Snakes of the Costa Rica Jungle

coral snakeHere is a coral snake that we came upon. This is true coral snake, there are many imitations, this one is real. There are 20 false varieties of coral snakes. The colour of the snake is what identifies the venomous from non venomous. I learned a poem to remember which is the venomous…” when red touches yellow you are a dead fellow.”  The venomous coral snake is quite deadly!

coral snakeCoral snakes are normally non aggressive, unless provoked.  But my dog startled this one and is was ready to attack. Freddie passed right over the snake.  The snake was startled and went into attack mode, Fred quickly trapped head with a fork stick.

The coral snake is a small snake but very deadly – we were lucky to see it, and then we let it go.