This harmless snake mimics the warning colors of a venomous species, the coral snake (Micrurus fulvius). It’s an example of a particular mimicry, called mullerian, in which a harmless species mimics shape, colors and behavior of a venomous species, to exploit its “bad reputation”.

origin: Mexico
environment: Rocky desert
sleep-wake: Nocturnal
average lifespan: 20 years
dimensions: 80 cm

Small reptiles, rodents