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Florida Man Survives Coral Snake Bite

August 19, 2015



A man in Florida was bit by a coral snake as he was working on a plumbing job in Orange City. Plumber Trey Johns was working on a site, putting a hose in his truck when the coral snake bit him. 

His friends started to drive him to the hospital when he felt the effects of the venom. His friends told Newschannel 3 that he looked like he was trying to vomit and started feeling dizzy so they called 911 and met an ambulance in a restaurant parking lot which took him the rest of the way. His friends were able to capture the snake and put it in a jar. Johns is now recovering in the hospital after giving doses of an experimental antivenin. 

eastern coral snake

florida fish and wildlife Service

An eastern coral snake.

Coral snakes are highly venomous and supposedly rarely bite people. According to Newschannel 3, 52 people were bit by coral snakes in 2014.

Coral snakes possess a highly potent neurotoxic venom that stops nerve transmission that causes respiratory failure and paralysis if not treated immediately. There are three coral snake species in the United States; the Eastern coral snake (Micrurus fulvius); the Texas coral snake (M. tener); and the Sonoran coral snake (Micruroides euryxanthus).

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