First Aid for Coral Snake Bites

A snake that likes to chew on its victim, coral snake bites can be deadly. They are often found in the tropical regions of North America and are frequently confused with the non-venomous milk snake as their appearances are very similar.


What does the Coral Snake look like:

  • Red, yellow and black bands along the body
  • Round pupils
  • Black nose
  • Fangs


What are the symptoms of a Coral Snake bite?

  • Tooth and fang marks
  • Increased salivation and drooling
  • Drowsiness
  • Euphoria
  • Slurred Speech
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Double Vision
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sweating
  • Muscle aches
  • Confusion


What is First Aid for a Coral Snake Bite?

  • Call emergency services immediately if you have been bitten by one of these snakes.
  • Remain calm.
  • Gently wash the bite area with soap and water
  • Apply a cold compress to the bite but do NOT pack in ice.
  • Do NOT apply a tourniquet.
  • Do NOT try to bleed the wound by cutting above the bite with a knife.
  • Do NOT try to suck out the venom.
  • Do NOT use or drink alcohol.
  • Do NOT attempt to break down the venom using electrical shocks such as a taser.
  • If you can safely recover the snake, remove and bury the head and bring the body back with you for identification. REMEMBER!: A snake head will continue biting up to an hour after being removed from the body. Bury it, do not let it near your body and do not leave it out where it can bite someone else.
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