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Coachwhip Eastern

Coachwhip Eastern
Species Name:
Masticophis flagellum
Not venomous

Common Name:
Coachwhip Eastern

Species Name:
Masticophis flagellum


KSNPC status is: Unlisted


Dark head and forebody grading into light-brown that resembles a braided whip. Adults typically 42 to 60" in length. This may be an introduced species in Kentucky.


Eats rodents, snakes, lizards, and small birds. Very fast moving snake. Will vibrate tail when alarmed. Nasty disposition and will readiliy bite.

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