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California Whipsnake

Masticophis lateralis lateralis


This California Whipsnake (also called striped racer) was about 3 to 3.5 feet long. The snake is very pretty and the stripes are very bright contrasted against the black scales.


I saw the whipsnake while hiking at the Pinnacles National Park on the Juniper Canyon Trail in the mid-morning. It was off of the trail in the brush and dead leaves. It was laying still and I was able to take a few pictures before it decided to move on.

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Tukup 7 months ago

Hmmm. Don't know how I missed this one. Any day you find a snake is a good day. Hope you have had lots more :-)

Dwain 2 years ago

Thank you SukanyaDatta.

SukanyaDatta 2 years ago

Cool spotting.

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Soledad, California, United States

Spotted on Jul 3, 2021
Submitted on Sep 11, 2021

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