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I am sitting at my desk (this morning) and the wife comes bouncing in with this clear plastic box. She begins telling how proud that she was because she just caught this snake and didn't freak out like she used to. Now, she didn't catch it with her hands, she just cornered it with the box and caught it that way. I look over to it as she askes me what kind is it. A very quick look tells me what kind it is but now I have to explain what it is and what it could have been. It was just a harmless king snake about 14" long but it could have been a corral snake. So I explained the difference to her and that it was a very good snake to have around the place. She was headed out to turn it loose so I made sure that she would let it go somewhere the cat couldn't see it and kill it. She did the same thing with a spider that she caught in a little foam coffee cup. It was a black widow. After a chewing out, she did it again a few days later with a bigger cup. So after the 2nd black widow, she got her eyes checked and ended up with bifocals. But she has come a long ways from killing every snake that moved. And this was the 2nd snake of this year so far, all harmless and small. Yeah, this part of Arkansas is greening up fast with things blooming everywhere. For those that don't know, Red and Yellow kill a fellow, Red and Black friend of Jack. Screenshot_20200319-170406.png 

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Good results and good tip of course

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Tradslinger, she might be better off if she was afraid of spiders and snakes.
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Sam, we live in the mountainous country and she loves to fish along the banks of ponds, creeks and so on. She knows exactly what a brown recluse is now and how fast that they can move. She can catch or kill them as well. she has become quite the outdoors person and is pretty wicked with the PCP 22 air rifle. She caught two possums last night in live traps and we moved them closer to town LOL
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also prefer to teach people to have a deep respect for the dangers they can have versus being totally scared. I used to catch a lot of rattlesnakes and copperheads to show kids and adults their fangs (usually dripping with venom) so that they would see for themselves what they could do.  Snakes are almost a daily thing here, just a matter of what kind
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I always heard the saying as follows:

Red and yellow, kill a fellow. Red and black, venom lack!!!

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Growing up in Florida we used to say "Red on Black is my friend Jack - Red on Yellow and your a dead fellow".  That always stuck with me.
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finally got a pic of the snake downloaded, the wife has to do that for me now. 
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In your part of the country, the Brown Recluse spider is probably a bigger danger. I saw the result of a bite from one on the arm of a cashier in a store. It looked like a very bad acid burn, about 2" in diameter.
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that's a cool find...I think our game and fish have only logged a handful of coral snakes ever recorded in the state and they were almost in La..  The 2 types of milksnake are eastern and western, which are not found here in the central ozarks, so we never see any of the 3.  With all of this rain and warmer days the copperheads will be out soon though.
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The  coral snake tends to spend a lot of time underground.  Friend of mine dug one up while looking for bait when he was a kid.  Thought it was nifty and took it to the house to show the family.   Caused a pretty good uproar.  His uncle dispatched the snake.  The snake never made any attempt to bite him.
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Cool story Trad. and I thought I was the only one that went around catching every snake I see , even the cottonmouths , copperheads and the occasional rattlesnake .
I say occasional as there aren't many in these parts anymore . Never could figure out why so many people kill every snake they see . I pick up most non poisonous off 
the road and turn them loose on my property because I know that the next guy to come along is going to go out of their way to run over them .
The way I see it is , they were here first . If you are so afraid of them , " move to some sky scraper in Chicago " .
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I've never heard of a corral snake; is it because it's ok if they shootout their venom?
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Skydog, the coral snake is a small, shy, and usually non-aggressive snake. They are often picked up by unknowing people without issue. However, they are extremely poisonous with a neurotoxic venom - they can be deadly. They have small mouths so they don't always make a successful bite, but don't mess with them. I have only seen one in the wild. It had been run over by a car. I am a lot more concerned about copperheads. Those bastards can be very aggressive, and they will often stand their ground. I have run into a lot of copperheads but never a coral snake. Pay attention to the difference in the coral snake and the coral king snake. They look just alike except the coral king snake has the red and black bands touching each other. Coral snakes are not a serious threat.
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Sam , I am well aware of the coral snake, having encountered them at Ft. Polk in their training swamp known as “Little Viet Nam”! It's the aforementioned corral snake that I'm unfamiliar with. I assume they're easy to wrangle…
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In over 63 years of being outdoors, I have only seen 3 actual corral snakes out in the wild. usually were dug up with back hoe or in a stump hole. Now I have seen probably 20 or more of these kind of king snakes. we actually have 3 or 4 different kinds of king snakes here in Arkansas. And yes I have been bitten 4 times by brown recluses, totally hate them. My daughter was bitten on her back by a blackwidow spider, that was 8 years ago and she still has problems from it. The big rattlesnakes have become a lot less common but the pygmy or ground rattler is still around and is the quickest to strike of all of them. I have sat still turkey hunting and watched a copperhead crawl slowly past my foot, it never threatened me once so I just watched. Treat them with respect of their potential but they serve a purpose in nature when allowed to. 
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