Schmidt and H.M. Smith, 1943
Micrurus browni, commonly known as Brown's coral snake, is a species of venomous elapid snake native to southwestern Mexico and Guatemala. There are three recognized subspecies, including the nominate subspecies described here.
Brown's coral snake can grow to 100 cm (39 in), but most are closer to 50 cm (20 in) to 70 cm (28 in). They have smooth scales, a rounded head, and eyes with round pupils. Its color pattern is three-colored: broad red bands, separated by 10-27 black bands, each bordered with a narrow yellow ring. The snout is black. There is usually a yellow ring, across the top of the head, halfway back.
Although little is known about its behavior, like most other coral snakes it may be nocturnal, terrestrial and probably dwells in burrows, leaf litter, or under logs. While usually not aggressive, it will bite when molested or restrained.
There are three recognized subspecies of Micrurus browni:
- Schmidt, K.P. and H.M. Smith. 1943. Notes on coral snakes from México. Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Zool. Ser. 29(2):25-31.
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