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Posted by Mike Collalto on March 12, 2002 at 20:27:37:
In Reply to: Coachwhips posted by Brad Pressley on March 12, 2002 at 18:29:48:
: Are E. Coachwhips considered rare? I just know there aren't any around my place and I would really like to catch one.
I have found E.coachwhips to be fairly common in southern Alabama, which is the only place I have been able to hunt them. Elsewhere they seem to holding their own against ever encroaching civilization.They are a snake of open areas, and they need alot of living space, their territories often encompassing up to 60 or more acres.In other areas, they seem to be on the decline, especially in South Carolina. Where do you live? Coachwhips have a undeserved reputation for being poor captives, but if you cater to their needs, i.e., LOTS of cage space and WARM temperatures, they will thrive for years. Coachwhips do well with temps ranging from 78-85F with a basking spot that should approach 95-100F! I have seen coachwhips active on days where the temp was well into the low 90's, temps that cause most snakes to seek cover. Coachwhips , for the most part, calm down very rapidly in captivity, and show little sign of aggression when gently handled. I personally do'nt recommend handling them too much, as, although they seem to tolerate it, they do'nt seem to particularly care to be restrained in any way. Good luck, and I hope this has been helpful. Cheers, Mike Collalto