I didn't handle this one. Coral snakes are difficult to hold because they squirm and twist, and their heads are so small. Much safer and easier is a 4 to 5 foot Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake...small neck and big head...easy to hold on to. But seriously, I haven't handled a venomous snake since the 80's, when I got paid to do it. Since then, I view them from a safe distance as I believe everyone should.