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By Legs Magillicutty
From: Durango
Jun 20, 2008
Black on yellow kill a fellow? I always forget how that goes. . .
By Joseph Stover
From: Batesville, AR
Jun 20, 2008
Pretty sure this is the Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake(non-venomous); they supposedly have this distinctive white snout. The Coral snake seems to have a much more distinct striping pattern.
By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From: Vegas
Jun 20, 2008
That's a beauty!

It's a mountain king. Arizona Coral Snakes are a pretty rare species, and you'd be really lucky to see one when out, and about.

FYI: I've heard that although the Arizona Coral Snakes venmon is twice as powerful as a rattlesnake, their venom is much less dangerous due to their very small size; small mouth, small fangs.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jun 20, 2008
Check out the following-

If the red touches the yellow it's a coral snake. The black between means it is not.
By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From: Vegas
Jun 20, 2008
The red touches yellow rhyme doesn't really apply much in the west; We have non-venomous snakes with that coloration pattern.
By Adam Block
From: Tucson, AZ
Aug 15, 2008
Not to call you out Andrew as we're buddy I just want to make sure people have correct information when dealing with snakes that can be this deadly. That is an AZ Mountain King in the picture and a very cool siting! I call those 40 hour snakes, meaning if you could out looking it's going to take you 40 hours to find one compared to maybe 1 hour when it comes to a diamondback.

As for the Coral, it's a fixed front fang snake in the same family (Elapidae) as the cobra, sea snakes, adder and so on. From what I know the only deaths that have ever come from a Micruroides are the larger Easterns as the ones we would see in the SW are very small, normally under a foot and a half.

Whit that said, these snakes are VERY rare to see in the wild, very secretive and normally only found at night. I have spend 1,000s of hours on the roads, hiking and looking for snakes and have never seen one. I have seen Banded sand snakes, Gilas, and a huge list of other uncommon reptiles but never a Coral. SO while you would have to really try to get bitten I also wouldn't play with them.

PS They also make a very odd popping sound though I've never heard it.
By Shawn Mitchell
From: Broomfield
Sep 8, 2008
Really Gigette?
I thought "Red to Yellow, Kill a Fellow.
Red to Black, Venom Lack" was rock solid.
By Rick Shull
From: Arcata, CA & Dyer,NV
Oct 6, 2008
"when red touches yellow, he's a dangerous fellow, when red touches black, he won't attack"
By Joseph Stover
From: Batesville, AR
Oct 10, 2008
Kind of funny how everyone learned it differently. For me it was: "Red on yellow, kills a fellow, red on black is a friend of jack."
By Sasquach Broom
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Nov 9, 2010
I like "red on black, you're OK Jack" better than "red touches black, he won't attack." King snakes will still bite you and it will hurt, but they are not venomous.
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Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake. Saw it hiking out after a nice cool evening of sunset climbing at Punch and Judy.

Submitted By: Joseph Stover on Jun 20, 2008
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