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Coachwhip Snake

Coachwhip snakes are large non-venomous colubrid snakes found widely in the United States and in Mexico’s northern half. It is one of the largest snake species found in North America. They are known to be extremely swift. There are seven subspecies of coachwhip snake.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Colubrinae
    Genus Masticophis
    Scientific Name Masticophis flagellum

    Other Names Whip Snake
    Length 127 to 235 cm ; largest specimen : 259 cm
    Weight Around 1.2 to 1.8 kg
    Color Vary widely in color from light brown with dark brown spots to pink
    Distribution Southern United States, Mexico’s northern half
    Habitat Sandy soil areas, open pine forests, sandhill scrub, old fields prairies, coastal dunes
    Diet Small rodents, amphibians, birds and birds eggs, lizards, insects, spiders, other snakes including venomous ones
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates  during winter months
    Predators Hawks, Roadrunners
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Breeding Season Early to middle of spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous(egg laying)
    Clutch Size 12 to 18 eggs
    Incubation Period 6 to 12 weeks
    Average Lifespan In wild:15 or more years
    In captivity: 20.2 years (average)
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on September 9th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

    One response to “Coachwhip Snake”

    1. Dan says:

      I spotted what appeared to be one of these Pink Coachwhip snakes in our front yard. I was about 4 – 5 feet in length with alternate irregular light pink and grayish bands its full length. When I approached, it slithered off toward a large geranium cluster and hid from site. I could still see part of its back and its head trough the foliage.

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