In my opinion, our little lone Elapid is one of the coolest things to see. Not rare, but rarely seen. Not dangerous, but deadly. This one was captured in the driveway of a home in North Scottsdale that belongs to one of the clients for my snake removal business.
The place is situated right between desert and a nice, wet golf course, so there’s a lot of traffic. I saw a toad that looked to be trying to eat something, and this coral was what it was after. Awhile later, I saw the same toad doing the same dance, but was instead trying to eat a threadsnake, which was what the coralsnake was probably after. What a mess I had walked into.
I kept the coral for awhile as part of an educational display before releasing it to the nearby preserve, a little bit fatter and well hydrated.