Reptile-Amphibian #28 — (Western) Coachwhip

masticophis flagellum (testaceus)

Monday, May 21, 2018 — 11:20 am

Cheyenne County, Colorado — County Road 9

After seeing the Golden-crowned Warbler, Nate and I continued south on the dirt road. We’d gone just a couple miles when I spotted a large snake in the middle of the road. I stopped the car and took a couple photos through the windshield.

It wasn’t doing much, so I pulled forward a bit and angled my car so I could get a shot through the open side window. The snake crawled toward the side of the road and stopped.

Moments later, another car came along (also birders) and the snake disappeared into the prairie grass.

It was about two-and-a-half feet long, yellowish gray with fine lines (like the braiding on a whip). The head had a reddish tint.

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