California woman finds a snake between her legs in her car while driving

A California woman found this snake in her car…

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This is a screenshot, you can watch the video at The Blaze.  What kind of snake is this?  Is it a highly venomous and deadly coral snake?  Or, is it the non-venomous milk snake, a species of king snake?

If you spend time in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona as I do, you need to know how to tell the difference.  There’s a handy little riddle that will help:  “Red into black, venom lack.  Red into yellow, kill a fellow.”

So, as you can see, this is a harmless milk snake.  This snake uses an ingenious defense against predators by mimicking the deadly coral snake.  It eats small animals including other snakes.  It gets its name from its habit of nesting in barns.  It was once thought to suck milk from a cow’s udder, but that’s an old wive’s tale.

Here is what a coral snake looks like.  It’s bite is much worse that a rattle snake’s, and it doesn’t let go right away. You don’t want to ever meet up with one of these:

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