Arizona Rattlesnakes

Arizona Rattlesnakes
Nov
10th
2009

Sonoran Whipsnake

Sonoran whipsnakes (Coluber bilineatus) are cool. They’re smart, fast, diurnal snakes that are difficult to photograph simply because it’s hard to get close enough to the things to do it without them instantly disappearing into the brush … and if you do actually manage to get your hands on one, you’re going to be bleeding from the multiple bites it will deliver, without fail.

That is, of course, unless they’re babies 🙂 Then they can bite all they want, and it doesn’t matter. Here are a couple I found this year.

Coluber bilineatus
Coluber bilineatus
Coluber bilineatus
Coluber bilineatus
Soniran Whipsnake
Soniran Whipsnake
Sonoran Whipsnake, Coluber bilineatus
Sonoran Whipsnake, Coluber bilineatus
Coluber bilineatus
Coluber bilineatus

… just to illustrate:

The joys of herping. (pic by Kris Haas)
The joys of herping. (pic by Kris Haas)

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2 Responses to “Sonoran Whipsnake”

  1. gale says:

    As a fellow snake lover, I am glad I found your site and have been enjoying it. This morning we got a few pictures of a sonoran whipsnake that got caught in a rat trap in our garage. We are so lucky, our land/home borders the Sahuaro National Park. I have posted the pictures on my blog site if you care to check it out: http://www.sublimeappreciation.com/ or I’d be happy to send you files of the pictures if you can use them and would give me photo credits.

    Last week I saw a coral snake for the first time in the 25 years I’ve been traipsing out here, and darn, did not have my camera! That will never happen again.

    enjoy the rest of the season, Bryan.

  2. Bryan says:

    Really cool! I don’t get ahold of them too much myself, haha. They just slip off into the brush before there’s even a chance to react. I hope he doesn’t think too much of the experience and decides to stick around in the courtyard for a few more years.

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