Red Touches Black...
This double banded beauty is one of the many examples where the famous rhyme for identifying coral snakes can get you into trouble.
The Balsan Coral Snake (Micrurus laticollaris) was described in 1869 from "southern Mexico" and the type locality was later restricted to Izucar de Matamoros, Puebla and the species is now known to inhabit tropical lowlands in Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Morelos, and Puebla. In 1967, Roze described the subspecies M. l. maculirostris from coastal Colima and Jalisco (http://www.herp.mx/…/1967-Roze-A-Check- ... -Venomous-…).
The specimen below was observed in tropical thorn scrub at around 400m elevation in the state of Colima.
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