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Buttermilk Racer (Coluber constrictor anthicus)
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BUTTERMILK RACER FACTSDescription
The Buttermilk Racer is a thin bodied snake. The body is usually black or gray (sometimes almost green or blue) mottled with white or yellow spots. The amount of white spots is variable and some snakes look white with gray spots. The underside is white or cream. Young snakes are light tan with brown saddle-shaped spots on the back. Racers are active during the day, and are fast moving.
length to 150cm
woodland, deciduous forest, coniferous forest
rodents, lizards, frogs. Young snakes also eat insects
Females lay 6 to 25 eggs. The young snakes hatch in late summer.
southern Arkansas, Louisiana, and southern and eastern Texas.
The Buttermilk Racer is non-venomous and not dangerous to humans. They are fairly nervous and may bite if handled. They release a foul-smelling scent to deter predators and if caught, thrash around trying to escape. They can be kept in captivity, but their behavior makes them a bit difficult to look after
Relatives in same Genus
Eastern Yellow-belly Racer (C. constrictor flaviventris)
Blue Racer (C. constrictor foxi)
Black Racer (C. constrictor priapus)