Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

Sonoran Whipsnake In-Situ

This is the first Sonoran Whipsnake, Coluber bilineatus, I’ve managed to photograph as-seen without being laid across a roadway or other artificial basking surface. I was hiking through a canyon in the Superstition mountains with Mark Leppin and saw him coming out of a tangle of brush. He sat perfectly still and we got a few pictures.

Coluber bilineatus

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3 Responses to “Sonoran Whipsnake In-Situ”

  1. Susan Chapler says:

    Super pic. Neat lighting. Keep ’em coming! I’ve seen one snake this year, a newly dead baby something (maybe Rubber Boa)…

  2. Michael says:

    Never had any luck finding one of these. Are they more common on the East side, in your experience?

  3. Bryan says:

    I see them all over, but not in any particular place. They live in a lot of the same areas as coachwhips, but don’t seem to directly compete with them. I guess I could say I’ve seen more up on hillsides than coachwhips, but that’s just my limited experience so there may be nothing at all to it. I personally think they’re cooler than the other fast colubrids.

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