Coral Snake Sightings On Rise In Dall...

Coral Snake Sightings On Rise In Dallas Neighborhood

There are 50 comments on the NBC 5i Dallas/Fort Worth story from May 9, 2008, titled Coral Snake Sightings On Rise In Dallas Neighborhood. In it, NBC 5i Dallas/Fort Worth reports that:

A Dallas neighborhood is on edge as deadly Texas coral snakes invade the area, NBC 5 reports.

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jkoker

Moodus, CT

#1 May 10, 2008
Although coral snake bites are serious, they are not "very deadly" as reported in the article. Only about 1% of shake bites are coral snakes (in the US). There have been no deaths from coral snake bites since the antivenom became available.
Coral snakes are reclusive, and as stated should be avoided.
Chris

Fort Worth, TX

#2 May 10, 2008
I remember that king snakes and coral snakes look almost identical. The coral snake which is venomous and the king snake which is
non-venomous. Both snakes have black, yellow, and red rings. Here is a jingle I learned to tell the difference between the two. "Red touch black venom they lack, Red touch yellow Kill a fellow."
dee

Fort Worth, TX

#3 May 10, 2008
jkoker wrote:
Although coral snake bites are serious, they are not "very deadly" as reported in the article. Only about 1% of shake bites are coral snakes (in the US). There have been no deaths from coral snake bites since the antivenom became available.
Coral snakes are reclusive, and as stated should be avoided.
Thanks for that info. I guess it just wouldn't have made a very interesting news story to tell the complete truth.
Rob FTW

Fort Worth, TX

#4 May 10, 2008
dee,

That's the media for ya. ;)
Sam The Snake Expert

Plano, TX

#5 May 10, 2008
Corel Snakes make terrific pets and are great with babies. I have a live Corel Snake necklace that I wear on a daily basis.

PS: everything in the two sentences above should be considered as false statements. Lies and fabrications. I was bored and wanted to email someone, so i picked y'all
Dorothy Patterson

Dallas, TX

#6 May 10, 2008
I think now is the time to recall that saying of old "Red and yellow kill a fellow, black and yellow befriend a fellow"
Cobra

Fort Worth, TX

#7 May 10, 2008
The comparison to a Cobra is a bit drastic. Yes they both have neuro toxins, forgive spelling, but not many ppl die from a Coral snake bite. For one thing their fangs are smaller and they have smaller mouths. Practically have to get you on a finger or toe.
But no, I don't want them in my back yard with my grand kids.
Hell Raiser

Euless, TX

#8 May 10, 2008
I've never heard some of the quotes referring to Coral Snakes, similar, but not how everyone is saying it. I have always heard, "Red touch Black, friend of Jack.....Red touch Yellow, kill a Fellow".

I also heard that Coral Snakes have small teeth instead of fangs so they have to "knaw" instead of "bite". This is hearsay only, I am definitely NOT A SNAKE EXPERT. I am actually scared to death of them boogers.
Zach

San Antonio, TX

#9 May 10, 2008
I think that the main reason that the snakes are appearing more often because the construction is taking away part of their habitat and they dont like the loud noise of the construction. What I think should happen is that they finish the stuff they have already started and then stop and see what happens.
JohnK

Southlake, TX

#10 May 10, 2008
Looks like the bands are black, yellow and red on the video.
Kitty

United States

#11 May 10, 2008
Cobra wrote:
The comparison to a Cobra is a bit drastic. Yes they both have neuro toxins, forgive spelling, but not many ppl die from a Coral snake bite. For one thing their fangs are smaller and they have smaller mouths. Practically have to get you on a finger or toe.
But no, I don't want them in my back yard with my grand kids.
Unfortunately, people do die from their bites. They are very deadly snakes and are a member of the cobra family. I'm surprised that many people do not study about this since we live in TX. It's very easy to research.

There was a man, like last year who died in FL from a bite. One bit him and he didn't feel it, but in about 4 hours or so, he passed away. It was too late. Many times they say the bite doesn't hurt at first. It is a different kind of bite and is not always felt. And while they don't bite a lot of adults because of their tiny mouths (which sometimes they do on fingers or toes), they easily bite children. When I was growing up in Ft. Worth, I knew a little boy who had gotten bitten by one and almost died. He received treatment soon enough, but the antivenin doesn't always work for any snakebite.

To me, the only good poisonous snakes are dead snakes. There are plenty of good snakes to go around to make up for the loss of all of the poisonous reptiles around. I think people have lost their minds, basically, and can't force themselves to kill something out of self-defense anymore for them and for their loved ones.
wild bill

Bryan, TX

#12 May 11, 2008
gee can any of you tell the differnce between a coral and a king snake!
agree

United States

#13 May 11, 2008
me either
joe

Plano, TX

#14 May 11, 2008
White on black,
friend of Jack.
Black on white,
poisonous sight.

pertains to the wider stripe.
Daryl

United States

#15 May 11, 2008
I'm the expert they quoted in this story. What I was trying to get across (of course they film you for 45 minutes and use eight seconds of it) was that the little rhyme doesn't matter in Dallas County. We're too far West for the Louisiana Milk snake, and too far North for the Mexican Milk snake, the only two Coral snake mimics to be found in the area. If it looks like a Coral snake here, it is.

Yes, they can kill you. Almost everyone who gets nailed was foolish enough to pick one up. They didn't use the most important point of the story, that all the antivenom for Coral snakes remaining on shelves across the country will expire this October. The manufacturer stopped producing it three years ago. No money in it.
Pandemonium

Mckinney, TX

#16 May 11, 2008
Growing up down by Kerrville in the Hill Country I found one of these and proudly brought it home on the end of a stick to my mom. Sadly we threw rocks at it and had stunned it pretty good before capturing it. To this very day I can still hear my mom scream when I showed her my newest treasure. Also to this day the skin can be seen tattered and faded on an old hat of hers. It was the real deal, "red against yellow, kills a fellow."
dkm

Denton, TX

#17 May 12, 2008
Coral snakes have to chew their venom into the victim - people have time to get away before this happens. These animals shouldn't be destroyed if they can be relocated.

“Why not !!!”

Since: Mar 08

Dallas Texas

#18 May 12, 2008
Well I don't care if it is a garden snake. A snake is a snake and they are all deadly to me. Why are they invading duncanville all of a sudden. I didn't read the article. Maybe I should

“Why not !!!”

Since: Mar 08

Dallas Texas

#19 May 12, 2008
ok I read it and these snakes are deadly however the 1st poster was correct. No deaths have occured since the antivenom was created. Still scary though to know that one of these things can be found in your backyard.
Sarah

United States

#20 May 12, 2008
This is scary, I live in Grand Prairie, and last summer as i was killing a Copperhead I saw a Coral snake in the Ivy......i still dont think anyone believes me but I know with out doubt thats what is was, Ive lived with the copperheads and cottonmouths for over 20 years hear living close to a big creek which connects to the trinity, but this scared me more. Last week on our neighborhood website, a couple close by found a baby rattlesnake in the backyard.

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