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Posted by oldherper on April 05, 2003 at 23:05:35:
In Reply to: Looks like king or coral but with red stripes at end of tail posted by zygopq on April 05, 2003 at 22:07:39:
You don't say if it was ringed, like a coral snake or scarlet king snake and your description is a tad confusing. You say it was red, yellow and black like a coral snake, but then you say it was black bodied with red stripes on the tail. At this point I'm leaning toward a mud snake (Farancia abacura) or a rainbow snake (Farancia erytrogramma).
:I live in Plant City, Florida next to a swamp. I was sweeping the porch about mid-morning when I noticed a snake. I know very little about species of snakes, but I do know there is at least one coral in the area (saw it myself). This looked similar, with red, black and yellow (can't be sure what was next to what) but with muted colors. The snake was black bodied and had red stripes at the end of the tail. It was also thicker bodied than the coral I saw. Everything I have checked gives no explanation for anything of that sort. Any assistance would be helpful