- Explore Nicaragua online

Coral Snake

Common Name Coral Snake

Scientific Name Micrurus nigrocinctus

Species Reptiles

Family/Group Snakes



  • Dave D. wrote on Dec 6, 2016:

    coral snakes are similar to crates found in Asia where they have very small fangs that when striking they must catch a flap of skin, rather than vipers whose fangs will readily piece skin through loose clothing. That being said coral snakes are not snakes to play with as they can and will bite and their venom is neurotoxic and can be lethal. Though much less of a problem than the Far de Lance in C.A. rain forests.

  • Thomas Reuschenbach wrote on Aug 6, 2014:

    My daughter is currently travelling through Nicaragua and reported a face-to-face encounter to a coral snake. She had a guide with her. For god's sake. Now I'm happy, she could tell it to me, because no snake bite did happen. The picture of the snake is really tremendous. It looks interesting

Leave a Comment

Have you been here? Leave a comment below to share your experience.


Coral snakes are among the most famous snakes in Nicaragua. They are not abundant and they are not easy to find, but they are one of the few truly venomous snake species living in the country. With its strong venom this snake is capable of killing a human adult, but fortunately this rarely happens. Coral snakes are not aggressive and generally only bite when threatened.

Another similar species is the False Coral Snake, which is often confused with this species. False Coral Snakes, however, are not venomous. The two species can be differentiated by observing the coloration: 'true' coral snakes have yellow bands next to the red bands, whereas 'false' corals show a black band next to the yellow one.


Coral snakes can be found throughout the country, but there are few places where they can be easily seen. They feed on other reptiles so natural reserves where smaller reptiles abound offer better chances.

Further Reading

Nicaragua Animal Guide