|Coachwhips are long, slender, fast-moving snakes of open, hot, dry areas. Color is variable; tan, silver,brown, reddish, or black, with irregular blotches or bands and black on the neck. The tail is very long and thin and appears braided, like a whip. Active during daylight, this snake is usually found on the ground, often basking in the sun in the early morning on desert roads. They are also found underneath boards and other debris, especially on cold or overcast days.
Three subspecies occur in California. The Baja Coachwhip is very rarely observed in extreme southern San Diego County, the San Joaquin Coachwhip is threatened in the Central Valley, having lost much of its former habitat, and the Red Coachwhip is very common in the deserts and coastal southern California.