You've heard the saying, "Red touches yellow, kills a fellow; red touches black, friend of Jack." As you can see in the video above, that snake ain't no friend of Jack.
Coral snakes typically keep to themselves, so seeing one is a rare occurrance. Seeing one eating another snake is even more rare. Peyton Porterfield stumbled upon this scene while riding his bike on the Stephen E. Austin State University Recreational Trails in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Coral snakes are highly venomous snakes. According to Live Science, they have the second-strongest venom of any snake (the black mamba has the most deadly venom) in the world, but they are generally considered less dangerous than rattlesnakes because coral snakes have a less-effective poison-delivery system. They are not aggressive or prone to biting. In fact, their bites count for less than 1 percent of the number of snake bites each year in the United States.
These colorful snakes prefer to eat frogs, mice, insects, lizards and small birds. They will also eat other snakes, including coral snakes. That is why they are called "ophiophagous", which means "snake eaters."
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