Micrurus browni, commonly known as Brown's coral snake, is a species of venomous elapid snake native to southwestern Mexico and Guatemala. There are three recognized subspecies, including the nominate subspecies described here.
Spanish common names
Brown's coral snake can grow to 100 cm (39 in) in total length (including tail), but it is usually 50 cm (20 in) to 70 cm (28 in). It has smooth dorsal scales, a rounded head, and eyes with round pupils. Its color pattern is three-colored: broad red bands, separated by 10-27 black bands, each bordered with a narrow yellow ring. The snout is black. There is usually a yellow ring, across the top of the head, halfway back.
The geographic distribution of M. browni is limited to Quintana Roo in southwestern Mexico, and western Guatemala, including Sacatepequez. Previous reports for Honduras have been found to be incorrect.
Although little is known about the behavior of M. browni, like most other coral snakes it may be nocturnal, terrestrial and probably dwells in burrows, leaf litter, or under logs. While usually not aggressive, it will bite when molested or restrained.
There are three recognized subspecies of Micrurus browni:
- Armed Forces Pest Management Board (AFPMB). "Micrurus browni ". AFPMB Living Hazards Database. AFPMB. Retrieved 2011-02-17.
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- Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Micrurus browni, p. 40; M. b. taylori, p. 261).
- Schmidt KP, Smith HM (1943). "Notes on coral snakes from México". Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Zool. Ser. 29 (2): 25-31. (Micrurus browni, new species, pp. 29–30; Micrurus nuchalis taylori, new subspecies, pp. 30–31).
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