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Central American Coral Snake

(Micrurus nigrocinctus)

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A small, colorful snake with a small head and short tail; head is generally black and yellow, with the snout being all black; the body has alternating rings of red, black, and yellow, or only red and black; yellow rings, when present, are very narrow; to 1 m (3.3 ft). (Coral, Coralillo).


Low and middle elevation wet and dry forests, Caribbean and Pacilic slopes; found on the ground in forests, but also basking in open areas, and in rocky hillsides.

Found in the following Parks:

Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
La Amistad National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (Fotos).
Palo Verde National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.
Robert & Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Central American Coral Snake (Micrurus nigrocinctus), Costa Rica