Eastern coachwhip snakes (Masticophis flagellum flagellum) are one of the country’s largest native snake species. These slender snakes live in flatwoods and scrub areas, where they use their rapid speed to chase down small mammals, other snakes, and lizards. They are also skilled climbers.
Eastern coachwhips are known for their highly distinctive coloration, dark at the head and growing lighter towards the tail. This pattern varies depending on individual and location.