Desert Striped Whipsnake

Masticophis taeniatus taeniatus
(Hallowell 1852)
Mesa Co., Colorado. May 26th, 2011.

When first encountered, this whipsnake was crossing a dry wash with an adult tiger whiptail sideways in its mouth. Upon seeing us approach, it fled towards the nearest bush, where it spat out the lizard. I’m not in the habit of depriving animals of meals, but on the flip side, the lizard lived to see another day.

My Flickr album for this species is here.

Colorado 2011 Flickr album is here.

HerpMapper records for this species are here.

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