As their common name suggests, the blue racer is a very fast snake that can move at speeds of almost 7 Km or 4,3 mph, even so far from the lightning speed of the highly venomous black mamba. This speed helps them catch prey or avoid being preyed upon. The species lifespan in the wild ranges from 15 to 20 years.
The Blue Racers are a subspecies of the Coluber constrictor or Eastern Racer Snakes. These non-venomous snakes belong to the Colubridae family. They are found in various regions of North America. Previously, there was some controversy about designating the Blue Racers as a distinct subspecies.
The blue racer snake, Coluber constrictor foxii, is one of eleven recognized subspecies of the Coluber constrictor, the eastern racer snake, known to be endemic to North America and Central America.It is found widely and commonly in the U.S. in the states of Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, and Iowa.
The eastern racer (Coluber constrictor) is a species of nonvenomous snake in the family Colubridae.The species is endemic to North America and Central America.Eleven subspecies, including the nominotypical subspecies, are recognized, which as a group are commonly referred to as the eastern racers.The species is monotypic in the genus Coluber
Overview: Both the black racer (Coluber constrictor constrictor) and its larger relative, the blue racer (Coluber constrictor foxi, pictured left), occur in Ohio. Some taxonomists no longer recognize the blue racer as a separate subspecies, and consider it synonymous with Coluber constrictor flaviventris, the Eastern yellow-bellied racer.
The Blue Racer is a long, fairly slender snake with back, sides and belly colored plain black. Usually there is some white color on the chin and the throat. The scales are smooth, without keels, and the anal plate is divided. This snake is similar in appearance and habit to its close relative, the Black Racer.
The southern black racer is a predator that relies on lizards, insects, moles, birds, eggs, small snakes, rodents, and frogs. Despite its specific name constrictor (scientific name: Coluber constrictor), the racer is more likely to suffocate or crush its victim into the ground, rather than coiling around it in typical constrictor fashion.
For example, a Black Racer does not coil around and suffocate their prey. Habitat: The Black Racer snake mainly resides in the southern United States. Also known as a Blue Racer, Blue Runner, and Black Runner, the Black Racer tends to live in areas that are much wooded.