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NORTH AMERICAN CORAL SNAKE (Micrurus fulvius): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
BLACK-NECKED SPITTING COBRA (Naja nigricollis): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
KING COBRA (Ophiophagus hannah): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
DEATH ADDER (Acanthophis antarcticus): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
SEA KRAIT (Laticauda colubrina): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

The elapids live in Africa, Asia, Australia, the United States and Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

More than half of the venomous snake species in the world belong to this family, which includes cobras, mambas, coral snakes, land-living kraits, brown snakes, taipans (TY-pans), death adders, sea kraits, and sea snakes. Some of them are quite deadly to humans. Nonetheless, snake charmers and other people annoy the snakes for entertainment or collect them for their skins, which are used for belt and shoe leather.

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) lists seven species as Vulnerable, which means that they face a high risk of extinction in the wild. Two species are Near Threatened, which means they are at risk of being threatened with extinction in the future. Causes for the declines in their numbers may include loss of their habitats, or preferred living areas, and collecting of snakeskins for leather.

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