2009-07-02 / Local & State

Coral Snake Found In Wilds Of Central Alabama

ROCKFORD, Ala. (AP)- The first coral snake in 40 years has been found in the wilds of central Alabama.

Nick Sharp, a biologist with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, was checking on redcockaded woodpecker habitat in a longleaf pine forest in Coosa County when he saw the brilliant colors of the coral snake - alternating bands of red, yellow and black.

The snake is rare, especially north of Alabama's Coastal Plain.

The coral snake is a relative of the cobra and sea snake and has the most toxic venom of any North Amnerican snake.

According to several biologists, the last documented reports of a coral snake in the region - one each from Coosa, Bibb, and Talladega - are more than 40 years old.

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