The coachwhip is North Carolina's longest snake with a record length of 8 and one-half feet. The snake is characterized by a slender body, extremely fast movement, defensive action when cornered or restrained, and alert and active in extremely hot weather. In the southeastern section of the state, the snake inhabits sand ridges, pine flatwoods, beach dunes, and other dry, open, sandy habitats. In 1999, Beane became the first person in North Carolina to radio-track a coachwhip. His article records the experience.