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Sinomicrurus spp., Asian coral snakes

Clinical entries

For clinical data see section “Risk” below

formerly genus Calliophis


  • 1. Sinomicrurus hatori
  • 2. Sinomicrurus houi
  • 3. Sinomicrurus japonicus
  • 4. Sinomicrurus kelloggi
  • 5. Sinomicrurus macclellandi
  • 6. Sinomicrurus peinani
  • 7. Sinomicrurus sauteri


The genus Sinomicrurus (formerly genus Calliophis), together with the genus Hemibungarus, are now termed "Asian coral snakes".


Serpentes; Elapidae; Elapinae

Common names

Asian coral snakes

  • 2. Hou's coral snake
  • 3. Japanese coral snake
  • 4. Kellogg's coral snake
  • 5. MacClelland's coral snake
  • 6. Guangxi coral snake


From India, China and Southeast Asia to Japan. See link "Distribution" at the top of the page for detailed information.


Slender body with a small head. Frequently conspicuous, contrasting colouring. Some species reach 1 m, but most not much more than 50 cm. Nocturnal, forest-dwelling snakes that rarely come into contact with humans. They are not aggressive when encountered.


Bites from these snakes are evidently rare. However, they are still considered potentially dangerous.

Literature (biological)

Castoe et al. 2007, Cox 1991, Daniel 1983, Doras 1978, De Silva 1990, Deuve 1970, Liat 1990, Liu et al. 2020, Peng et al. 2018, Saint Girons 1972, Slowinski et al. 2001, Smith et al. 2008, Tweedie 1983, Zhao 1990