Western Coachwhip – Coluber flagellum testaceus
The Western Coachwhip is a large (can grow to over 7 feet long), slender snake with a great personality. Yes, this species definitely has character! Coachwhips are diurnal snakes and show signs of high intelligence. This species has been known to follow humans through the habitat watching for any small lizard, insect, or mammal to be flushed as an easy meal. When pursued, coachwhips will climb the nearest bush, shrub, or tree and then face their attacker–striking at their attacker’s face to defend themselves.
Western coachwhips can be red, pink, brown, or grey. Overall, they are extremely pretty.
Photo by Ashley Tubbs.
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