This Eastern Coral Snake made a sideways infinity symbol.

DESCRIPTION: Some people say it looks like an eight, but I don't see it.

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The coral snake is a very popular snake in the state of Florida. It is commonly confused with the scarlet snake and the scarlet king snake. The main difference in appearance is that the coral snake will have a black nose as opposed to the red noses found on scarlet snakes. The coral snake also has bands of red down the length of their body that touch their bands of yellow. The bands on the scarlet snakes do not usually touch. An additional unique characteristic of the coral snake is that its pupils are round instead of the vertical cat like pupils found on other reptiles.

Another unique feature of the coral snake is that is rests in a position that is similar to the infinity symbol. Infinity is something that usually refers to something without a limit. Often, the infinity symbol is depicted as a snake. This symbols shows the snake twisted into a figure eight with the snake eating its tail. This is the symbol of endlessness and the coral snake can be found lying in this position.

These reptiles are generally very shy but do have aggressive behavior when they feel threatened. While their mouths are so small that they are unable to bite larger animals, they have been reported to bite humans. Their fangs are small and remain in place to deliver neurotoxin to their prey. This toxin paralyzes the muscles that their prey uses for breathing.

The coral snake’s initial reaction is to flee from humans if they are confronted. Usually, their bite is their last method of defense. If you are attempting to relocate a coral snake without the assistance of a humane trap or professionals, you should wear heavy leather gloves and clothing. Due to the size of the coral snake’s fangs, they are unable to penetrate most heavy leathers.

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Running a wildlife removal business in the state of Florida gives me the chance to see all kinds of interesting snakes! Florida has about 45 species of snake, and I've seen 29 of them so far. I've always got my eye out for new species, and I love spotting rare snakes in Florida. I also have a thing for venomous snakes - they're not too common in FL, so I always enjoy the chance to see a poisonous serpent. I really like snakes, and I've never hurt or killed one. They're an important part of the ecosystem, and often persecuted. Still, if you don't want snakes in your house or on your property, and judging from the number of phone calls I receive regarding snake problems, you don't, then give me or a local snake expert in your area a call, and we can remove the snakes from your property for you. I use many snake control methods - from snake traps, to snake repellents, to habitat modification, but most of all, good old-fashioned capture and removal. If you want to learn more, please read my How To Get Rid of Snakes page.

AAAnimal Control is a privately owned wildlife removal and pest control business, located in Orlando Florida. I deal strictly with wild animals including snakes inside houses. I am not an extermination company, but a critter removal and control specialist. The above photos are some of the many that I've taken in the field over my years of work. Please email me if you have any questions about the above photographs, or any questions about wildlife problems or Florida snake removal issues.

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