Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

Arlo and Janis

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  1. hawgowar

    hawgowar said, over 1 year ago

    King Snake vs Coral Snake. I jump back first, THEN recite the poem, just to be on the safe side.

  2. hawgowar

    hawgowar said, over 1 year ago

    King Snake vs Coral Snake. I always jump back first – THEN recite the poem. Just to be safe, y’know.

  3. chireef

    chireef GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    red on black is a king snake, red on yellow the deadly coral snake

  4. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, over 1 year ago

    Which is why I like rattlesnakes, they at least have the courtesy to warn you.

  5. WillardMBaker

    WillardMBaker said, over 1 year ago

    The head of vipers (poisonous) are triangular and distinct from the neck. Most vipers also have keeled scales (a raised ridge down the middle of the scale). If a snake has a round head and smooth scales, most likely it’s not dangerous except to small rodents. Best to leave all snakes alone. The non vipers are beneficial to the environment by reducing the rodent population.

  6. curmudgeon68

    curmudgeon68 said, over 1 year ago

    And the Coral snake is the beautiful exception to that rule. Hence the poem, I suppose.

  7. Fairportfan2

    Fairportfan2 said, over 1 year ago

    …except that some coral snakes are banded the same as king snakes, so don’t trust that little poem too much.

    Coral snakes are not vipers; they’re the only North American venomous snake that isn’t.

  8. Margaret Evans

    Margaret Evans said, over 1 year ago

    I can never remember the poem right (well, it does rhyme and is easily mixed up to me), I don’t trust snakes to be harmless (they can always nip you even if they are not poisonous), and as I’ve gotten older I have developed a subconscious fear of snakes. Reading about them doesn’t bother me but then I will suddenly have nightmares. I’m so looking forward to this story arch being over!

  9. frumdebang

    frumdebang said, over 1 year ago


    So let me get this straight, WMB. I’m supposed to get close enough to a potentially deadly snake to check for keeled scales? I don’t think it’s a coincidence that “keeled” and “killed” are word cousins.

  10. Bob

    Bob GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Had a nest of coral snakes in a woodpile years ago. Once my wife stepped out the door right over a five foot.rat snake. She did a wonderful dance.

  11. olddog1

    olddog1 said, over 1 year ago


    Coral snakes have a black nose, as opposed to the red nose of the king snake. The yellow bands are between the red and black ones. The king has the yellow bands between 2 black bands. True about the heads, not triangular like the pit vipers.

  12. W Ash

    W Ash said, over 1 year ago

    Honestly, I’m like Janis on this whole subject of snakes. Don’t care what color it is, I’ll do my darnest to avoid it unless I feel cornered…then it must die.

  13. bawana

    bawana said, over 1 year ago


    Yea, so is Decon without the creepy snake thing

  14. Dunestrider

    Dunestrider said, over 1 year ago

    India has kraits. Fairly small. Deadlier than a cobra. 70% mortality rate if you get bitten. They love crawling into sleeping bags. They are more agressive at night. Their bite is no more painful than a mosquito bite.

  15. Rugeirn Drienborough

    Rugeirn Drienborough said, over 1 year ago

    This rhyme is also found as “Red and yellow kill a fellow; red and black, venom lack.” That rhyme scheme may be a little harder to get mixed up. I agree with the above attitude to be cautious with all snakes; you can admire them quite nicely from a distance greater than twice their body length, which allows for a very nice healthy safety factor. In theory most snakes can only strike to about half their body length or so, but it can be a little tricky to judge, so I use the twice-the-length rule.

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