Coachwhips

Distinguishing Features:

(Very long and slender snakes) up to 5 1/2 feet in length.

Reddish or brownish skin color with white or pinkish underside.

Entirely black species are common around the Tucson area.

Large eyes with circular pupils.

 

Reproduction:

Oviparous. Produces up to 24 eggs in the summer.

 

Behavior:

BITES IF HANDLED!

Diurnal.

Very fast-moving and alert.

Feeds in the daytime and is active at the hottest parts of day while other snakes seek shelter.

It elevates its head while hunting to better see the surrounding area.

Has tree-climbing ability.

Has an average home-range of 175 acres and can travel up 3/4 mile per day.

 

Habitat:

Desert scrub in most of Arizona. 

 

Hibernation:

Hibernates in winter

 

Diet:

Opportunist predator that eats a wide variety of animals including lizards, snakes (including rattlesnakes), mice, rats, birds, insects, bats, frogs, toads, and even small turtles. 

 

Life Span:

15 years

 

Other Facts:

Arizona has 3 subspecies:

  1. Sonoran Coachwhip - southeastern tip of AZ. Distinguished by its very wide red/pink bands.

  2. Lined Coachwhip - southeastern tip of AZ. Tan colored skin with brown collar behind its head.

  3. Red Racer - Western and most of southern AZ. Reddish skin color with dark cross-bands around the neck and top-half of its body. Some specimens of this subspecies are entirely black with a pinkish underside.

Red Racer

Red Racer - Black Colored

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Tucson, AZ 85752

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