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 Blue Racer (Coluber constrictor foxi)




Blue Racer | Coluber constrictor-foxi photo
Blue Racer at Howard Christensen Nature Center in Michigan

Photograph by Jon and Michele. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Blue Racer | Coluber constrictor-foxi photo
Blue Racer

Photograph by Jon and Michele. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

BLUE RACER FACTS

Description
The Blue Racer is a large gray or blue snake with smooth scales. The head is usually darker than the body with white chin and throat. The underside is pale blue or white. Young racers are gray with darker blotches and spots.

Size
120cm - 180cm

Environment
open woodland, meadows, prairie, marshes, lake edges. They are alert, active snakes that may climb into low bushes to escape enemies.

Food
rodents, frogs, smaller snakes, birds, and insects.

Breeding
Females lay 6 to 25 eggs in rotting wood or underground in June and July. The young snakes hatch in late summer.

Range
Pelee Island, Ontario in Canada. Michigan in United States.

Notes
Blue Racers will bite if cornered, but are not venomous.

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Coluber
Species:constrictor foxi
Common Name:Blue Racer


Relatives in same Genus
  Buttermilk Racer (C. constrictor anthicus)
  Eastern Yellow-belly Racer (C. constrictor flaviventris)
  Black Racer (C. constrictor priapus)