CR: Coral Snakes and Imperfect Mimicry

Mar 5, 2020
by Editor in Chief

YouTube - Coral snakes are some of the most recognizable dangerous snakes in the world. Their aposematic warning colors clearly indicate that these elapid snakes are highly venomous. That said, there are many non-venomous colubrid snakes such as milk snakes, king snakes, and even hognose snakes that have similar warning colorations despite not being dangerously venomous. Some of these mimics are very precise mimics, and some are very imprecise mimics. So why does aposematic coloration work, and why are some mimics better than others? Find out on this episode of Clint’s Reptiles.