eastern racer

(Coluber constrictor)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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NatureServe

N5 - Secure

S3 - Vulnerable

Minnesota

Special Concern

Species in Greatest Conservation Need

Occurrence

 

Habitat

Dry prairies, bluff prairies, woodland edges, and field edges.

Lifespan

10 years

Size

36 to 60

 

Identification

The upper (dorsal) surface is slate blue, bluish-black, greenish, or light brown. The throat is yellow or white grading into an unmarked light gray or white belly.

 
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Food

Rodents, frogs, toads, lizards, birds, bird eggs, insects: any living animal it can catch and swallow.

 
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Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 6, 11, 14, 29, 72, 74.


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Minnesota Subspecies
The Minnesota DNR (Rare Species Guide) and Animal Diversity Web (ADW) show blue racer (Coluber constrictor foxii) as the only subspecies found in Minnesota. Amphibians and Reptiles of Minnesota (HerpNet) states, “The yellowbelly racer (Coluber constrictor flaviventris), is found in Minnesota (LeClere, 1996). This serpent is also referred to as the ‘blue racer’ and some recognize it as a subspecies (C. c. foxii).” Lacking specific information about the disagreement, MinnesotaSeasons.com will accept the Minnesota DNR’s assessment.


Taxonomy

Order:

Squamata (amphisbaenians, lizards, and snakes)

 

Infraorder:

Serpentes (snakes)

 

Superfamily:

Colubroidea

 

Family:

Colubridae (colubrids, typical snakes)

 

Subfamily:

Colubrinae

 
Subordinate Taxa

blue racer (Coluber constrictor foxii)

brownchin racer (Coluber constrictor helvigularis)

buttermilk racer (Coluber constrictor anthicus)

eastern yellowbelly racer (Coluber constrictor flaviventris) (?)

everglades racer (Coluber constrictor paludicola)

Mexican racer (Coluber constrictor oaxaca)

northern black racer (Coluber constrictor constrictor)

southern black racer (Coluber constrictor priapus)

tan racer (Coluber constrictor etheridgei)

western yellow-bellied racer (Coluber constrictor mormon)

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

eastern racer

North American racer

racer


 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Blue Racers
Nick Scobel
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Apr 13, 2010

I realized that I had not done a video of this species in Michigan, so here it is, the majestic Blue Racer.

 
     
  Biggest snake found/blue racer By Species of Addictionn
speciesofaddictionn
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Oct 22, 2007

First time in history blue racer snake being captured that is 6ft long!

It makes it difficult to capture, because they have speeds up to 12mph! I had seen one on a hot summer day on a dirt road sunning it's self(best time to see them) and all of a sudden i had frightened it and it climbed a bush so fast that it looked like a ribbon blowing in the wind. Where i live, these snakes tend to chase people, and the people usually lose and then they tend to crawl up on the person(sounds scary). Water snakes will also do this, people tend to think they are "cotton mouth's" that live down south that are very deadly. But, a water snake has a anticoagulant in it's saliva, and also the nasty amount of bacteria that they have......which makes the victim pron to infection!

anyway, the blue racer,

I was very lucky to catch this one, it was a cold fall morning and he seemed a bit dormant, i held my shoe lightly over his head and then i grabbed him by his neck as if i was milking him.

awesome moment!

 
     
  Big Blue Racer Snake
Austin Bagge
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 7, 2014

This is a good 4ft blue racer snake in the woods in Michigan. It was mad at me for being too close so it shook its tail like a rattle snake would do. Once I touched it that was too much and it slithered off into a small pile of brush.

 
     
  Herping with Dylan: Blue Racer
Herping With Dylan
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Oct 5, 2006

A Blue Racer I managed to corner in a tree.

 
     
  Blue Racer
Delana Epperson
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 13, 2014

We think this cutie is a blue racer snake, 09/13/2014

 
     

 

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