The beautiful coloration of the Malaysian blue coral snake is intended as a warning to others of its potential danger. This species can inflict a quick acting venom to quickly bring down prey.
On its head, tail and in stripes on the underside the Malaysian blue coral snake is colored red. Its namesake blue color is found in a pair of dorsal stripes running down either side of the body. The rest of the back is colored dark blue or black.
Adults may reach lengths up to 1.8m (6ft) long.
Often, especially as a juveniles this species has been confused with the pink-headed reed snake.
To achieve this feat safely they have a unique venom dubbed the ‘killer’s killer by scientists. It acts to make all of the nerves fire at once which instantly paralyzes the prey making them to easy to eat.
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Asia is the native home of the Malaysian blue coral snake. Here they can be found in Malaysia as their name suggests along with Brunei Darussalam; Indonesia; Singapore and Thailand.
These animals can be found in primary and secondary lowland rainforests.
Few recordings of the breeding behavior of the Malaysian blue coral snake exist. It is known that they lay one to three eggs.
Blue Malaysian coral snakes are primarily active during the day. They will emerge around mid-morning.
Predators and Threats
Habitat loss has significantly reduced the range of populations of the Malaysian blue coral snake.
In most instances the blue Malaysian coral snake will flee if disturbed but on occasion they will sit with the tail erect and waved around.
This species of snake is sometimes called the ‘100-pace snake.’ This is a reference to the distance a human is said to be able to travel before succumbing to the venom of this species.
Malaysian blue coral snakes posses the longest venom gland of any snake species. It may extend out to more than a quarter of their body length.
The unique venom of the Malaysian blue coral snake is being studied as it may provide methods of managing chronic pain in humans.
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