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Striped Whipsnake

Masticophis taeniatus


This (I believe) is a striped whipsnake. It is thin, about 24" long, and very fast.


Desert east of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, about 4500' elevation.


We saw it about 9 AM on a warm, humid (it had rained 2 days earlier), cloudy day. It posed patiently for the photos and then raced off. Very fast.

1 species ID suggestions

Striped Whipsnake
Masticophis taeniatus


harsuame 6 years ago

Fant√°stica:: muy larga

DonnaCatterick 6 years ago

I can't take credit for the i.d., but I was given the impression that Masticophis and Coluber were the same, but from what little I know of taxonomy, that's probably not agreed upon. I'm not sure of the etiquette on Project Noah - I will change the genus since you a clear distinction between the two. Thanks so much for your help.

MatthewStull 6 years ago

Not positive, but you seem to have hit the nail on the head. I believe it is a Masticophis rather than a Coluber however, which pertains primarily towards racers.

New Mexico, USA

Lat: 33.17, Long: -107.26

Spotted on Sep 11, 2012
Submitted on Sep 12, 2012

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