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Blue Racer Snake

Blue racer snakes, commonly known as eastern racers are subspecies of Coluber constrictor – a nonvenomous species of colubrid snakes. They are found in large parts of North America. As their name suggests, they can move very fast, at a speed of about 7 km or 4.3 miles per hour.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Colubrinae
    Genus Coluber
    Species Coluber Constrictor
    Scientific Name Coluber constrictor foxii

    Other Names Eastern Racers
    Length 90  to 152 cm
    Color Ventral scales are creamy white with pale gray to blue lateral scales; dorsums are pale brown to dark gray, brownish-orange rostral scales
    Distribution Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Washington, Michigan, Oregon, South Dakota and Iowa (United States), Pelee Island in Ontario (Canada)
    Habitat Open and semi-open habitat, old field shoreline, savanna, edge habitats
    Diet Small rodents, birds, frogs, other smaller snakes
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates during winter months in large groups
    Predators Birds of prey like red-tailed hawk, northern harrier, great horned owl;  juveniles are killed by raccoons, coyotes, foxes, dogs, feral house cats
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Breeding Season April- May
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 5 to 28
    Reproductive Age 2 to 3 years of age
    Average Lifespan 15 to 20 years in the wild
    IUCN Conservation Status Endangered

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    Published on September 9th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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