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Coachwhip Eastern

Coachwhip Eastern
Species Name:
Masticophis flagellum
Not venomous

Common Name:
Coachwhip Eastern

Species Name:
Masticophis flagellum

Non-Venomous

KSNPC status is: Unlisted

Appearance:

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.

Notes:

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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