Micrurus lemniscatus — Ribbon Coral Snake
Subspecies I've seen:
M. l. helleri
Western Ribbon Coral Snake
Micrurus lemniscatus helleri — Western Ribbon Coral Snake
At the start of one of our nighttime forest walks, one of the Margarita Tours crew members ran up to Matt Cage to tell him that a coral snake had been found near one of the field station buildings. We hurried back to try to capture, or at least see, the snake before it slithered away into the vegetation. The latter goal was successful; I saw the snake, which was about six feet off the ground and climbing through some messy jungle. The former goal was not successful; the snake escaped without being captured or photographed in situ.
The snake pictured here is a different individual, photographed in the "classroom" building on a table. This snake was found the previous evening by Gina Harper, when I was on a different trail.
This large, beautiful snake was found by local staff member Edvin at night. I tried to get photos in the forest when it was caught, but it was too squirmy and intent on escape to sit still for my camera. This photo was taken the next day, after it was brought back into camp. (It was released in the evening.)
Maybe one of these years I will get an in situ photograph of this uncooperative species, but this time, once again, I have to settle for an awkward, non-natural pose.
- Bartlett, R.D., and Bartlett, P. 2003. Reptiles and Amphibians of the Amazon: An Ecotourist's Guide
- Dixon, J. R. and Soini, P. 1986. The Reptiles of the Upper Amazon Basin, Iquitos Region, Peru
- Duellman, W.E. 2005. Cusco Amazónico: The Lives of Amphibians and Reptiles in an Amazonian Rainforest