We happened upon this impressive Eastern Coachwhip at our Big Sandy Mitigation Bank in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama this week. This non-venomous snake is one of the largest native snakes in North America, with adults averaging from 50-72 inches long. Local lore attributes its name to the belief that the snake will attack and beat humans with its whip-like tail. To the contrary, it much prefers to make a quick retreat from us, and can race away with remarkable speed. It is believed to be the fastest snake in North America.
The dwindling numbers of the Eastern Coachwhip resulted in it being deemed a protected species in Alabama. The following link offers more detail on this interesting snake.