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 Schott's Whipsnake (Masticophis schotti schotti)




Schott's Whipsnake | Masticophis schotti-schotti photo
Schott's Whipsnake

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SCHOTT'S WHIPSNAKE FACTS

Description
Schott's Whipsnake is blue-gray (sometimes greenish) with two white lines running along the sides from the back of the head to half way down the body. One stripe is high on the side and the other is just above the belly. It is a diurnal snake that can move rapidly.

Size
length 100cm - 170cm

Environment
dry grassland and shrubby desert flatlands. Shelters under rocky ledges or in mammal burrows during the heat of the day.

Food
Lizards, small mammals, smaller snakes

Range
Southern Texas except for the extreme southern counties. ( Another subspecies, Ruthven's Whipsnake (M. s. ruthveni), is found in the far southern counties of Texas and into Mexico).

Notes
non venomous

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Masticophis
Species:schotti schotti
Common Name:Schott's Whipsnake


Relatives in same Genus
  Red Coachwhip (M. flagellum piceus)
  Western Coachwhip (M. flagellum testaceus)