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This rhyme could save you!

Red touches yellow,
kills a fellow
Red touches black,
there's a venom lack
Black tail and mouth of cotton,
Will kill if trodden
Brown tail and aquatic
Life fanatic

What is being described?

Hint #1

They are animals

Hint #2

4 are being described

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  • $\begingroup$ why the downvotes? if you are going to downvote tell me why so I can fix the problem $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Jan 17 '16 at 15:20
  • $\begingroup$ I didn't downvote, but I can surmise the reason. While a puzzle is meant to obscure information, this is a very common mnemonic (at least the first 4 lines) that is meant to convey information. It's equivalent to posting a question asking what ROY G BIV means. So it's not like there's something that you need to fix here, it just doesn't seem to fit within the scope of this site. $\endgroup$ – Patrick N Jan 17 '16 at 19:41
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The rhyme is describing

Snakes

Red touches yellow, kills a fellow

Coral Snake (venomous)

Red touches black, there's a venom lack

California Mountain King Snake

Black tail and mouth of cotton, Will kill if trodden

Cottonmouth Snake

Brown tail and aquatic Life fanatic

Brown Water Snake

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  • $\begingroup$ You got it! Well done $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Jan 18 '16 at 7:05

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