Blue Racer (Coluber constrictor foxi)
Description: A large gray or blue snake with smooth scales. The head
is usually darker than the body, though the chin and throat are white. The belly
is light blue or white. Young racers are grayish, with a pattern of darker
blotches and spots. Adult length: 4 to 6 feet.
Photo © Jim Harding
Habitat and Habits: Racers inhabit a variety of places, including open
woods, meadows, hedge rows, marshes, and weedy lake edges. They are alert,
active snakes that may climb into low bushes to escape enemies. These snakes
feed on rodents, frogs, smaller snakes, birds, and insects. Although they will
bite if cornered or grabbed, racers are not venomous.
Reproduction: Females lay 6 to 25 eggs in rotting wood or underground
during June and July. The young racers hatch in late summer and, as noted above,
are colored differently than the adults.
Range and Status: Racers have been found through most of the Lower
Peninsula (except the northernmost sections) and the southern tip of the Upper
Peninsula. Once common, their numbers have fallen in many places. Needless
persecution by humans as well as habitat loss are probable factors in this
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