The Buttermilk Racer (Coluber constrictor anthicus) is a subspecies of racer, a non-venomous, colubrid snake.
The Buttermilk Racer is a thin bodied snake, capable of attaining lengths of 60 inches. Its color is a unique pattern of black
, and even sometimes blues
, flecked with white
or yellow. Their underside is white or cream colored.
The Buttermilk Racer is found only in the United States
, in southern Arkansas
, and southern and eastern Texas
Racers are diurnal
, active predators. They are fast moving, and are often quick to bite if handled. They generally eat rodents
, and frogs
, but as juveniles they will also consume various kinds of soft bodied insect
. They are fairly nervous snakes, and as such, do not typically fare well in captivity. For protection, they release a foul-smelling scent when caught to deter predators and also thrash around and unknowingly can injure themselves to escape.
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