Micrurus fulvius, the Eastern coral snake;
Volusia county, Florida (27 June 2019).
Though not aggressive and very shy, the Eastern coral snake is not a species to take your chances with. Its neurotoxic venom can wreak absolute havoc on a person’s neurology, ultimately causing paralysis and respiratory failure in worst case scenarios. When encountered, it’s best to simply keep your distance from North America’s most venomous snake species. Trust me, this species also want to keep its distance from you. Just give it space, and there won’t be any problems. Of note, this is not a species I free handle (as I do with many of the non-venomous species featured on this site).