Sonoran Whipsnake

Masticophis bilineatus

Masticophis bilineatus photo © by Laurie Nessel

Laurie was on the ready with her camera when this whipsnake poked its way out between a couple of boulders in the foothills of Four Peaks, Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA.

These fast-moving snakes hunt early to mid-morning on not-too-hot days. Gray in color with two white racing stripes down sides from the head. They occur mostly in the mid to upper elevations of the Sonoran Desert. They also range into higher elevation habitats like chaparral and oak woodland. Length can exceed 150 cm, but they are very thin and not venomous. They will readily bite if handled, however.

Colubridae -- Typical Snake Family

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