Species information


Red Coachwhip

Masticophis flagellum testaceus

Masticophis flagellum testaceus - Red Coachwhip


Common name

Red Coachwhip

Scientific name

Masticophis flagellum testaceus




The red coachwhip is a long relatively slender colubrid which is red or pink in colouration. In some specimens this colour may gradually become more of a tan colour towards the tail. The neck of the red coachwhip is often marked by darker bands.



California, Nevada, Arizona.


Adult size

Upto 9ft.


Approx lifespan

12 or occasionally more years.


REcomended vivarium size

This is a large active snake which requires a large vivarium if you want to keep it happy (if this isn't your goal, don't keep one), for a mature specimen 6x3x3ft should be considered a bare minimum, something like 8x3x3ft would be more appropriate.


Basic set up type

Dry grassland with some sturdy branches so the snake can choose to climb should it wish to. Make sure hides are provided in both the warm and the cool end.



A diet consisting of rodents is best for the Red Coachwhip.


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