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Understanding the Coachwhip Snake: Characteristics and Behavior

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The Coachwhip snake, scientifically known as *Masticophis flagellum*, is a fascinating creature often spotted during Big Jeep Tours in Bisbee, Arizona. This slender and swift snake is known for its impressive length, often reaching up to eight feet, making it one of the longest native snakes in the United States. Its color can vary greatly depending on its environment, ranging from a uniform dark color to stripes or patterns that help it blend seamlessly into its surroundings.

On a typical outing with Big Jeep Tours, a guide might point out the Coachwhip snake as it elegantly navigates through the desert terrain. These snakes are diurnal, meaning they are most active during the day, which coincides perfectly with tour times. Their diet primarily consists of lizards, small mammals, birds, and occasionally other snakes, showcasing their prowess as hunters. Despite their intimidating size, Coachwhips are non-venomous and generally avoid human interaction, making them a safe and exciting sighting on your desert adventure.

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