Known locally as the “red racer”, the Coachwhip is one of our largest and most commonly seen snakes. This 4 to 5 foot long snake is seen frequently because it is active during the day throughout its active season. It is a tan to red-brown snake, usually with dark bars or bands on its head and neck. The Coachwhip is the fastest crawling snake in the Mojave Desert, but its forward speed is only between 3 and 4 miles-per-hour. It is a relatively slender snake with only a slight difference between the width of its head and neck. The female Coachwhip lays from 4 to 20 eggs each year, and the hatchlings are 12 to 16 inches long. Habitat: This snake utilizes all habitats within the recreation area. Diet: Lizards make up a large part of its diet, but it will prey on birds and their eggs, small rodents, and snakes, including rattlesnakes. The hatchlings will take insects as well. Adaptations: Its slender form and speed contribute to its ability to remain active during the day throughout the summer, and it is one of the most heat tolerant of desert snakes.