Body length: 24 - 67"
Diet: Birds, lizards, and frogs
This conspicuous day-active species is common throughout Tonto National Monument. If you see (very briefly!) a greenish-gray snake streaking away from you on the trail, the chances are good it's a Sonoran whipsnake. The whipsnake's keen eyesight and speed are used to chase down lizards and other prey.
Whipsnakes seem to be as comfortable in trees as on the ground, and they may be an important predator of birds such as cactus wrens and thrashers. Other food items include frogs, rodents, eggs, insects, and even carrion. When captured by humans, whipsnakes bite aggressively, often drawing blood. However, they are not venomous or harmful in any way.
Did You Know?
Spring can be a very colorful season at Tonto National Monument, but when will the wildflowers bloom? Rain is needed throughout the winter, and warm days are a good indicator of a full bloom ahead. If you miss the peak flowering season, remember that you’ve also missed the peak crowds. More...