Micrurus lemniscatus Ribbon Coral Snake
Subspecies I've seen:
M. l. helleri
Western Ribbon Coral Snake
Micrurus lemniscatus helleri Western Ribbon Coral Snake
Madre Selva Biological Station, Loreto, PeruJanuary 14, 2013
Western Ribbon Coral Snake (Micrurus lemniscatus helleri)
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.

Here is a complete list of the herps I saw in the wild on my 2013 MT Amazon Expeditions trip.

Madre Selva Biological Station, Loreto, PeruJanuary 16, 2014
Western Ribbon Coral Snake (Micrurus lemniscatus helleri)
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.)

Here is a complete list of the herps I saw in the wild on my 2014 MT Amazon Expeditions trip.

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