Synonyms for whipsnakes or Related words with whipsnakes
Examples of "whipsnakes"
As presented here, the genus is limited to its "modern" content of racers and
. Still, some of these species (namely the
) are increasingly separated as "Dolichophis" and others probably also do not really belong here.
Sagebrush lizards are important prey for a variety of vertebrate species in the western United States. Snakes, especially striped
and night snakes, are the main predators of the lizards, but birds of prey also consume them in large quantities. Smaller carnivorous mammals and domesticated cats also prey on them.
are known to eat a variety of live animals including insects, lizards, snakes, birds, and small mammals. They show a strong preference for lizards, which are captured by a grasp of the mouth. They grab their prey and swallow it alive.
There are a number of reptiles found in the Fossil Lake area, both snakes and lizards. Snakes found in the area around Fossil Lake include western rattlesnakes, gopher snakes, striped
, and night snakes. Common lizards include sagebrush lizards, short-horned lizards, side-blotched lizards, western fence lizards, and western skinks.
Other unusual bird species taken include American kestrel, and young short-eared owls. More typical in size are young lark buntings taken at their fledging time. Reptiles, which can comprise large parts of a diet, include snakes such as racers, gopher snakes and striped
, and lizards. Amphibians may include tiger salamanders and toads. Swainson's hawk is an opportunistic feeder which responds quickly to local concentrations of food.
It is normally active by day, but during the hottest summer months it may be nocturnal, while in the spring months it may be more crepuscular. Its behaviour is said to be more like that of
rather than that of rat snakes. It is more aggressive and defensive than most of the species formerly classified alongside it in the genus "Elaphe". Defensive signals include hissing, lunging forward with the mouth open and any attempts to pick one up may be greeted by sharp bites and also the emptying of the cloacal glands releasing an offensive odour.
The Striped Whipsnake ("Masticophis taeniatus") is a species of nonvenomous colubrid snake that is closely related to the California Whipsnake ("Masticophis lateralis"). It is native to the western United States and northern Mexico. The Striped Whipsnake is found all throughout the western United States and northern Mexico. The farthest north part of their range is in south central Washington and moves south into the great basin between the Cascade-Sierran crest and the continental divide. The range then continues southeast across the continental divide into New Mexico and western and central Texas. The farthest south part of the range lies in Michoacan, Mexico. In the Western United States the range also extends outside of the great basin into the Rogue River Valley in South Western Oregon and Northern California. In Idaho, Striped
are found in the southwest and south-central portions of the state.
Newborn rattlesnakes are heavily preyed upon by a variety of species, including ravens, crows, roadrunners, raccoons, opossums, skunks, coyotes, weasels,
, kingsnakes, and racers. Neonates of the smaller crotaline species are frequently killed and eaten by small predatory birds such as jays, kingfishers, and shrikes. Some species of ants in the genus "Formica" are known to prey upon neonates, and "Solenopsis invicta" (fire ants) likely do, as well. On occasion, hungry adult rattlesnakes cannibalize neonates. The small proportion (often as few as 20%) of rattlesnakes that make it to their second year are heavily preyed upon by a variety of larger predators including coyotes, eagles, hawks, owls, feral pigs, badgers, indigo snakes, and kingsnakes.
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