Red and Yellow Kill a Fellow, Red and Black Friend of Jack
Excellent blog from SEPARC.
It’s summer time and many families will be outside enjoying the sunshine. Snakes enjoy the sunshine too and it is important for everyone’s safety to be able to distinguish between venomous and non-venomous snakes in your backyard. Do your kids know any of these sayings: “Red on black ok Jack, red on yellow you’re a dead fellow”, “Red and yellow kill a fellow, red and black friend of Jack”, or “Yellow, Red, STOP”? The “Yellow, Red, STOP” saying seems to be most effective, least confusing, and works great for younger children.
These sayings help us know the difference between a coral snake (venomous) and a scarlet kingsnake/eastern milksnake (non-venomous) or a scarlet snake (non-venomous). Another identifying character is that coral snakes have black snouts and scarlet snakes and scarlet kingsnakes tend to have red snouts. It is important to know the difference between these snakes, but keep in mind coral…
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