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Coral snakes belong in the same family as cobras. Their bites contain dangerous neurotoxins. Despite their potent venom, they are considered less dangerous than rattlesnakes and other pit vipers, which can be bigger and more aggressive. Coral snakes in the US almost never bite unless a person handles them. . . or steps on them:
Snake bitten: Miramar man survives venom of coral snake - Sun Sentinel:
""I felt the most horrifying burn in my leg, and looked down and the snake was chewing on my foot," the 53-year-old Miramar resident said Sunday from his bed at Memorial Regional Hospital. "I almost died.""
Thanks to Croconut for the news tip.