Western Coachwhip

The western coachwhip is a subspecies of the coachwhip or whip snake. The long and thin snake moves very fast. The variable-colored colubrid is common across most of Texas, the southwestern United States, and much of Mexico.

Scientific Classifications

Conservation Status

Not EvaluatedNE

Not Evaluated

Data DeficientDD

Data Deficient

Least ConcernLC

Least Concern

Near ThreatenedNT

Near Threatened





Critically EndangeredCR

Critically Endangered

Extinct in the wildEW

Extinct in the wild




Western Coachwhip Snake


The adults reach a total length of 4-6 ft (122-183 cm), including the tail. Their weight is in the range of 6.5-24 oz (184-680.4 g).

Color and Appearance

Pink Western Coachwhip

The long, slender body of the western coachwhip is light tan to brown with a gradual change of color towards the tail. Some specimens can be of uniform pink color (in desert regions), and some can be olive as well. They can have slightly darker bands. The head is wider than the long, slender neck, and the tail is thin. The serpent has smooth scales and large eyes with round pupils.

Are They Dangerous to Humans

Upon confrontation, the nervous snake tries to flee. When it is cornered or feels threatened, it vibrates its tail and strikes repeatedly. Though the colubrid is non-venomous, it has sharp teeth that can certainly cause a painful bite.

Western Coachwhips at a Glance


Its range extends as far north as Nebraska in the US and as far south as Mexico City in Mexico. Westward, it extends till New Mexico, US and eastward up to Oklahoma, US.

Western Coachwhip Picture


The western coachwhip lives in open habitats like scrublands, dunes, and fields. They hide in shrubbery or ground litter. Though they don’t need to be near water, they do know how to swim.


It lives for up to 13 years.


Hawks are the major predators of the western coachwhip.

Masticophis flagellum testaceus


They mostly eat small snakes, lizards, birds, and mice.


Oviparous (lays eggs that hatch outside the body)

They lay eggs in early summer that hatch in 45-70 days.


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