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Western Coachwhip

Masticophus flagellum testaceus


A long, slender bodied snake that can range in color from black, brown, red, olive, to creamy.


Found in the western US and Mexico, they are often found in prairie habitats.


When a coachwhip feels threatened, they will slither up a tree and look their attacker in the face. This guy didn't seem to mind climbing a cactus to look me in the face! Found in Crossbar Cooperative Management Area.

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28 Comments (1–25)

AshleyT 10 years ago

Thanks :) They do have a lot of attitude! I have been bit by many of them, luckily they don't have a nasty bite to go along with their attitude :)

Cody.conway 10 years ago

Fantastic!! Coachwhips are the nonvenomous cobras of the US when it comes to attitude :-) The bigger they are the less they are scared for sure.

AshleyT 10 years ago

Thank you Evelyn :)

EvelynWilson 10 years ago

What a beautiful photograph!

AshleyT 10 years ago

Thanks Yuko!

YukoChartraw 10 years ago

Nice spot!

AshleyT 10 years ago

Thanks Fyn :)

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Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

Awesome spot!

AshleyT 10 years ago

Thanks Phil :)

Phil_S 10 years ago

Fantastich shot!

AshleyT 10 years ago

Thanks everyone, I'm glad yall enjoy it :)

Ok Kevin since I agree with you on that I'll go ahead and put it, thanks!

LuisStevens 10 years ago

Great spot!

carlos.velazco 10 years ago

Very cool! I love the composition.

KevinBBabbitt 10 years ago

I would say western, the panhandle of OK is the western coachwhip.

beatifull Ashley,congrats and thanks for sharing

AshleyT 10 years ago

I want to say western, but I'm not positive so I didn't put it. Do you know which ones occur in the TX panhandle?

Thanks everyone :)

dunnjen5 10 years ago

Beautiful shot!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Wow great spot and shot :)

ChristyHolland 10 years ago

Great capture, Ashley!

LisaPowers 10 years ago

Do you know the subspecies on it?

AshleyT 10 years ago

Haha thanks Lisa! We released him and he just crawled over to this tree and climbed it and just sat their and stared at us, it was pretty cool. Helps that he is a super pretty coachwhip :)

LisaPowers 10 years ago

Really, this is just an outstanding photo!

LisaPowers 10 years ago

Wow! Awesome Ashley!

AshleyT 10 years ago

Thanks Kunzah!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 10 years ago

Nice spotting!

Spotted by

Canyon, Texas, USA

Spotted on May 19, 2012
Submitted on Dec 3, 2012

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