Thought it was a Necklace

Was I surprised when I almost stepped on this snake.

San Clemente 4.29.2014 002 He was already dead, missing his head and lying in the middle of the road. It looked from a distance like a fancy beaded necklace. He does not look friendly.

For the past two weeks we have seen three small brown snakes on our wall or inside the storage unit. The first got away when Joe took his trusty machete and attempted to slice him in two, he hopped off the tree limb he was hiding on and got away in the lot next door. Then a few days later Joe opened the storage closet only to find one curling up inside one of my boots, one of the neighbors took care of him.  The next was seen by one of the neighbor kids. So yesterday we had Jose come over and cut back the lot next door and I have cut back all my low plants in the yard.

I really don’t like snakes so I hope this stops them from coming around.

14 thoughts on “Thought it was a Necklace

  1. What type of snake is it – It almost looks like a coral snake from Florida – which is very deadly – It is probably something different here in Ecuador –

    • Audrey, I tried to look it up on the internet and there are several snakes that it could be one being he coral snake. But I could not tell for sure, maybe someone reading will know for sure. Nancy

  2. Hi Nancy, The snake you pictured is a coral snake. It is highly poisonous with venom similar to cobras. It is non-aggressive and rarely bites unless picked up or stepped on. We have two poisonous snakes in our area. The Coral snake and the Manabi Hog Nose Pit Viper. Both are small and not abundant but, a live birth of 10+ baby’s is possible in anyone’s yard.

    Best, Keith

  3. This looks like a coral snake, so be VERY careful reaching into things without wearing leather gloves and always shake out shoes, boots, etc. (storing them hanging upside down is a good idea).

    Per Wikipedia, coral snakes possess one of the most potent venoms of any North American snake. However, relatively few bites are recorded due to their reclusive nature and the fact they generally inhabit sparsely populated areas.

    When confronted by humans, coral snakes will almost always attempt to flee, and bite only as a last resort. In addition, coral snakes have short fangs (proteroglyph dentition) that cannot penetrate thick leather clothing. Any skin penetration however, is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. Coral snakes have a powerful neurotoxin that paralyzes the breathing muscles; mechanical or artificial respiration, along with large doses of antivenom, are often required to save a victim’s life. There is usually only mild pain associated with a bite, but respiratory failure can occur within hours.

    This part is even more scary!

    The bite of a coral snake may soon be more dangerous, in part because bites are so uncommon. Production of coral snake antivenin in the United States ceased because it is not profitable. According to Pfizer, the owner of the company that used to make Coralmyn, it would take over $5–$10 million to put toward researching a new synthetic antivenin.[citation needed][clarification needed] The cost was too large for the small number of cases presented each year. The American antivenin stock expired in 2008, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended the expiration date every year through at least 2013.[8] Foreign pharmaceutical manufacturers have produced other coral snake antivenins, but the costs of licensing them in the United States have stalled availability (see above).

    Instituto Bioclon (Mexico) was developing a coral snake antivenom.

    In 2013, Pfizer was reportedly working on a new batch of antivenin but had not announced when it would become available.

  4. ‘holy cow’!!!! that’s a coral snake, and yes, i can see why you thought it might have been a necklace… red and yellow kill a fellow… though they say that’s only true in the usa – there are other coral snakes with patterns not so easy to identify as ‘coral.’

    wow. thanks for sharing that image!


    • Hi Z, I saw this on the main road about five blocks from our street. I am happy the ones that have been around our yard seem to be only garden snakes, but they still creep me out…snakes and geckos are not welcome in our yard, Nancy

      • i love geckos, but i have discovered that people either love them or detest them!

        i’m sure you know, but always be careful if you scoop up debris in the yard – that’s there coral snakes love to hide, and its only by chomping down on a finger when a coral has the greatest chance of ruining your day/life..

        • Hi Z, Well I am one of the latter, I really dislike geckos, they are not welcome in my house or on my porch or in my storage closet. They just are so dirty. When we lived in Playas the house we rented had them inside and every morning I had to disinfect the kitchen before I could even put a pot of coffee on, they just got to me over that 10 months. So we have an understanding, keep out or die!!! I have become pretty good at using a small plastic rake to clean around some of my plants and now I have become more aware since the past few weeks when these three snakes have shown up on our wall. Our next project will be to have the wall on the one side of the house finished, whoever built the wall only finished the inside, so the outside is just unfinished brick work. There are all these nooks and crannies that things can hide in…I am hoping my neighbor David can hire the people and supervise the work to complete that as well as paint it…Nancy, our work will never be done, ja ja

  5. From what I’ve heard they have very small mouths so they can only bit you between the fingers or toes. Hopefully anyway!
    Have you ever seen the Humphrey Bogart Movie “We’re No Angels” ? It is one of my favorite Christmas movies but one of the main “characters” is a coral snake. At one point he gets out of his cage and they are looking for him an refer to him as a “pretty bracelet”.

    • Well good news Tim because I will not be walking barefoot on the road and I will keep my hands to myself…It would make a very pretty bracelet especially because I love both red and black, this would be my favorite piece of jewelry, ja ja Nancy

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