Masticophus flagellum


The Coachwhip snake is found all over southern Arizona in one color phase or another. I do remember finding a black phase Coachwhip years ago at our home northwest of Tucson. Out in the grassland near our home in Cochise County I only find the red phase. Regardless of the color phase, these snakes are super fast and can also be super aggressive. TheseĀ  non-venomous snakes are amazing hunters and eat a variety small mammals, reptiles and birds. We’re so lucky to have these rascalsĀ  out in the desert. Take a picture of this wonderful snake if you can find one holding still for any length of time, but don’t try to pick it up. Believe me.