Monday, April 25, 2011

That's a Coral Snake


Look! Look at this freaking beautiful snake! It's a coral snake (very venomous). It's kind of a badass. And they're pretty reclusive. I've only seen one other one - in 2008, less than a mile away from this buddy. It's probably a good thing I didn't have the macro on me or else I'd currently be in the hospital.
However, I was a dumbass. I pulled one of my stupidest moves in a while. While it was slowly crawling into a rock crevice, I touched it. Hush now all of you. I can't help myself when it comes to snakes. I HAD to do it! Anyway, yeah, I got lucky. Their bite is pretty obnoxious and not the easiest to treat. But, well, now I can say I touched a coral snake and that makes me feel a bit cooler.

21 comments:

texwisgirl said...

"red next to yellow, kill a fellow" or in this case, one nomadic field biologist...

he's very pretty tho!

ChrisJ said...

Oh definitely cooler!! I tried a similar trick with a baby rattler the cat had. I understand rattle snake venom doesn't hurt Siamese. Don't know if that's true or not. Anyway I started putting small rocks in front of it to slow it down so my husband could come and see it and identify it. After putting down the third rock it turned and struck out at me. I decided it was a rattler!

Cheryl Ann said...

Seems like we've all had snake encounters lately! I moved a baby rattlesnake off the mountain road (with a LONG stick), after it was run over by a thoughtless driver...(I was pointing at the snake and he ran RIGHT over it)...it was dying, but I got a good look at it...didn't touch it, however! Cool pics, but I'd probably faint at your guy!

Cheryl Ann said...

Seems like we've all had snake encounters lately! I moved a baby rattlesnake off the mountain road (with a LONG stick), after it was run over by a thoughtless driver...(I was pointing at the snake and he ran RIGHT over it)...it was dying, but I got a good look at it...didn't touch it, however! Cool pics, but I'd probably faint at your guy!

Al said...

It is very pretty. But I certainly wouldn't touch it!

Woody said...

When I first saw it, I thought it was a kingsnake, the main difference being the sequence of colors (thanks texwisgirl).

Badass indeed. Molting too, which makes them even crankier.

Marka said...

To each their own, especially when it comes to sticking fingers in the fire, eh?

Gaelyn said...

You are one crazy lady. Looks huge!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That is so cool. You are lucky. I sure wish I get to see one in the wild some day. I did see a baby once, but was not sure if it was a king or coral. I couldn't recall the dumb rhyme. "Let's see...red next to yellow...something or the other...or is it red next to black, get back?" I left it alone.

ladyfi said...

Oh my - you TOUCHED a coral snake!!

So glad you didn't get bitten... and my, it's a real beauty!

Mary said...

Jill,oh my, now what did your husby have to say about that? I have a story I would share about a Coral Snake and my friend Stewart Royster whom died from a bite from one to his hand. He did not touch it, but rather his glasses fell from his face during a walk and when he reached to try and pick them up, a Coral Snake bit his hand. He was in the jungles in South America and had to trek far to get help and there was none in time. Beautiful snake, but please be careful~

Out on the prairie said...

I can see wanting to touch it, I have only seen a few so far this season, stilla bit cold.We do a rattlesnake count coming up for prairie rattlers.a friend had one sun on his porch a lot last year.

Ms. Becky said...

I admire the enthusiasm here for snakes, but I gotta say, had I seen it, I would have been so far outta there, it would have seen nothing but my dust. no curiosity for a beautiful snake from this one. I think I get my snake phobia from my mother - she always liked broadcasting her fear of them. as I child I used to step on grass snakes with my bare feet, and that felt kind of cool. but now? I'm content to look at them on my computer screen. and it is truly a gorgeous snake.

Martha Z said...

You sure like to live dangerously, Jill.

catsynth said...

Coral snakes do look very cool with their bright colors, I have to admit.
That's definitely living on the edge a bit touching it :)

elvira pajarola said...

Be certain, who could or would "forget" an adventurous, courageous and original and funny and talented girl like you....LOVELYWONDERFUL you are back....and with a fantastic story!!!!

SUBLIME snake and a little distance is quiet wise; aiaiai; touching it is quiet risky....lucky girl!!!!!


ciao ciao elvira

James said...

Yikes! I'm glad it didn't bite you.

Janie said...

I've never seen one, but if I did, I din't think I'd touch it! You're a brave lady. It's beautiful, though.

Inger-M said...

Yes, cool, brave and lucky, and did I mention cool? Not me, not in a million years, but he is pretty though... :-)

JSK said...

I would have thought that, after your experience with the diamondback a little while ago, you'd be a little cautious. Guess not. :-)

Michael said...

Every time I seen a picture of a coral snakes, it really excites me. I would really like to take a snap myself of a coral snake in will with my Canon camera from few feet away. Hopefully I will get my change soon :)