NC Snake Pictures / Eastern Coachwhip

Masticophis flagellum

Non-venomous; adult size 48-94 inches (1,219 to 2,388 mm); common.
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Distribution key: blue=where snake is found


The Eastern Coachwhip is a long, slender-bodied snake that can move extremely quickly. This snake is found on grassy dunes, in sandy flatwoods, sandhills with pines, oaks, and wiregrass, and maritime forests. It feeds on eggs, mice, birds, snakes and lizards. When this snake sees a person or pet, it crawl rapidly into the nearest hole or thick vegetation. If cornered or picked up, it will bite repeatedly.

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