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Striped Whipsnakes (Masticophis taeniatus) are long, slender snakes that have prominent eyes with round pupils. Like Racers, Striped Whipsnakes rely on visual cues to aid them in locating prey. Striped Whipsnakes have smooth scales and charcoal to black dorsal ground color. The ground color is broken by light-colored lateral stripes, and the head has both light and dark markings. The snakes move quickly with their stripes masking their motion and speed until the tail disappears in the brush. If captured these snakes are aggressive and usually will not hesitate to bite. Perhaps this behavior is the source of their generic name Masticophis, which means biting/chewing snake.
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