Consider this my public service announcement on coral snakes.
As we headed out on an early morning, family walk we stumbled upon a snake just in front of our neighbor's house, a mere 50 feet from our backyard.
Luckily it was dead (looked like someone ran over it with a car tire), otherwise, I would've lost my marbles because that sucker had red on yellow bands.
Red and yellow, kill a fellow.
Red and black, friend of Jack.
It was a freaking coral snake. A coral snake! Just feet from the backyard that my son runs around and plays in every day. Just typing that sends my heart rate up.
I was absolutely adamant about it being a coral snake. Mr. Gherkin doubted me and immediately googled it upon walking in the door after our walk. Like I said, it was a coral snake.
I was too shaken to take a picture, but here's a nice picture showing the difference between the venomous coral snake and the harmless copycat.
It's been two weeks and I still find my self looking in every area of the yard for a peek of red and yellow. Where there's one, there's more, right? Could this have been momma-coral-snake and her babies are running around somewhere in our yard? If you're out there mr/mrs/baby coral snake, feel free to eat all the mice your little heart desires. Just leave my baby alone. Deal?
So let's all know that red and yellow can kill a fellow. Probably everyone already knows this. Everyone except my husband that is.
PSA over. Thank you for your attention.