Coral Snake

Coral Snake

envenomations

Alternate names

Elapids, poisonous snakes, Micrurus, antivenin, antivenom

Toxicity to pets

Coral snakes, commonly found in the Southeastern United States, are very poisonous. The saying “Red next to black is a friend of Jack; red next to yellow, a dangerous fellow” applies to the striped, colorful bands that they have on them. These snakes contain a neurotoxin that causes respiratory failure and muscle paralysis. If dogs or cats are bitten, signs of acute paralysis, not being able to move or walk, not being able to ventilate or breath, and collapse can be seen. Immediate veterinary attention is necessary.

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    The content of this page is not veterinary advice. A number of factors (amount of substance ingested, size of the animal, allergies, etc.) determine what is toxic to a particular pet. If you think your pet has eaten something potentially toxic, call Pet Poison Helpline or seek immediate veterinary treatment.