They are reclusive & will slither from humans, but if they bite, they'll hang on and chew. Eastern Coral snakes have one of the most potent venom among poisonous snakes, it'll stop you from breathing within an hour. The snake may be beneficial in general, but it's dead on my job sites. We tend to shake the bushes and disturb the ground before sticking our hands into anything. All kinds of nasty poisonous creatures around these parts & now we've got a new pest, an Asian snail that is so toxic it can digest concrete, no kidding!