One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A harmless snake that mimics the bright coloration of the venomous coral snakes.
Several genera in the family Colubridae, in particular Simophis and Pliocercus of South America
- ‘Animals which mimic dangerous animals include hoverflies, false coral snakes and the mimic octopus.’
- ‘The false coral snake is a brightly colored, orange, red, or pinkish snake with fifty to sixty black bands.’
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