The purpose of this study was to examine 6 species of colubrid snakes from California for helminths: the glossy snake, Arizona elegans; western shovelnose snake, Chionactis occipitalis; coachwhip
, Masticophis flagellum; striped racer, Masticophis lateralis; spotted leafnose snake, Phyllorhynchus decurtatus; and longnose snake, Rhinocheilus lecontei.
decurttus) that live in sandy deserts and are also burrowers, as well as diurnal snakes such as the swift-moving Masticophis flagellum, a coachwhip
snake, or Arizona elegans, the shiny snake.
Also called coachwhip
, vine cactus, candlewood, Jacob's staff, Spanish bayonet.
When Silvester goes to the farm to see what home improvements are needed, he is confronted by a large coachwhip
snake, "its eyes on him, its tongue flicking in and out as though attempting speech, and not staring in fear either but as if watching an intruder.
The native predators of the eastern diamondback are other snakes (eastern indigo, coachwhip
, kingsnake, black racer), hawks and owls.
O'Connor (2003) documented a much higher diversity of snakes with seven total species including large species such as the bullsnake (Pituophis catenifer), coachwhip
(Masticophis flagellum), and western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox).
The most common snakes include the coachwhip
snake Masticophis flagellum and different types of rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus, C.