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India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Burma, Brunei, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, southern China, Japan (Ryukyu Islands), Taiwan


Slender Coral Snake

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Slender Coral is the most widely distributed Coral Snake (of genus Calliophis) of India and also found in Sri Lanka. This is also the smallest venomous snake of Indian subcontinent. Morphologically it can be identified by jet black head patched with white and dorsal body of plain grayish-brown color followed by black tail which is also patched with brown or white. Except tail details it looks almost similar to non-venomous Dumeril's Black-headed Snake (Sibynophis subpunctatus).

Striped Coral Snake

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Striped Coral is the second most widespread and largest Coral snake of genus Calliophis which is found in most of the hills of Western Ghats. Morphologically it is known for multiple forms of patterns and colors, usually can be identified by checking broken or unbroken stripes along the body which is uniformly slender and thin. It spends most of its life underground and feeds mainly on other snakes. though it is venomous like other Elapids, there are no authentic records of deaths or severe envenomation by this species. In scalation it can be differentiated from its closest species Beddome's Coral (C. beddomei) by checking no contact of supralabial with prefrontal which exists in later.