Jun 20, 2013
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Janis: You'd be proud of me! I saw a little snake in the garden, and I let him alone!
Janis: In fact, he was beautiful! Red with black and yellow bands...
Arlo: Be more specific!
Janis: What? Why? 
Arlo: "Red-on-black, friend of Jack! Red-on-yellow, kill a fellow!"
Arlo: You're doing great! Don't let this set you back!
Jun 22, 2013
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    hawgowar  over 4 years ago

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

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    hawgowar  over 4 years ago

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

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    chireef gc insider over 4 years ago

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

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    simpsonfan2  over 4 years ago

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

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    WillardMBaker  over 4 years 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.

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    curmudgeon68  over 4 years ago

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

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    Auhdrah  over 4 years 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!

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    bob gc insider over 4 years 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.

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    Olddog1  over 4 years 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.

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    wsash  over 4 years 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.

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    J. R. Schwarzenhammer  over 4 years 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.

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    rugeirn  over 4 years 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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    sbchamp  over 4 years ago

    King, not coral

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    Ron Berg  over 4 years ago

    OK, related, but a bit off the snake subject: Where does Arlo & Janis supposedly live where they could have coral snakes? I know it must be somewhere coastal with Arlo’s consistent yearning for sailing….

    SC? FL? AL?

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    travburg1  over 4 years ago

    True, the Coral Snake is the cobra of the Western Hemisphere. The fangs are so small, the snake has to find a small enough part to bite, then it chews for a while to inject a sufficient dose of venom. On the positive side, they are very timid around critters larger than themselves.

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    finale  over 4 years ago

    Yeah, real comforting

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    Barry Hiebert gc insider over 4 years ago

    Our cat ate the head off of what we thought was a Coral snake, turned out it was a Sonoran Shovelhead. They look the same as the Coral but the red band is only on the top of the body. They disguise themselves as Coral snakes to ward off enemies. (the cat lived for another 17 years after that but didn’t eat any more snakes!)

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    dzw3030  over 4 years ago

    :-) So, all us older types with a wrinkle or two are more at risk? :-)

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    QuietStorm27  over 4 years ago

    I stay away from all snakes, they will NEVER be cute to me! I went crazy once when my son brought a garter snake into the house.

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    hippogriff  over 4 years ago

    simpsonfan2: Don’t rely on it. A rattler sleeping on a ledge will bite first if surprised by a climber using it as a handhold.

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    mklange gc insider over 4 years ago

    …and that, boys and girls is why, if it slithers, it dies

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    sbyam  over 4 years ago

    Too funny! In that just when you think you’ve got something licked and you’re all chuffed up about it…not so much! And, the anxiety of realizing what a close call you may have just had in the process!

    Nailed it Jimmy!

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    atherworld  over 4 years ago

    Red and black, venom’s lack. Red and yellow, you’re a dead fellow.

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    sbyam  over 4 years ago

    It’s not about the snakes people. They don’t get it Jimmy. Hit em again!

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