Adults Racers in Nebraska are typically greenish or olive. However
in extreme eastern Nebraska dark blue individuals can be found.
Juveniles (below 20 inches) have
65-97 spots down the body and numerous spots on the belly.
Prairies, grasslands, open brushy fields and open woods.
Typical adult length: 76-127 cm (30-50 in); Maximum 42 inches
(Collins & Collins 1993).
Insects, frogs, lizards, snakes, and small mammals.
History: Very fast moving, slender snake that is active
during the day. Unlike a rattlesnake that is a 'sit and wait'
predator, the Racer actively pursues a wide variety of prey.
Racers use their speed to try to escape humans, however the
spotted juvenile Racers will sometimes try to mimic rattlesnakes
by vibrating their tail and striking. This might be a good idea
against some predators, but it may well encourage humans to
kill Racers because they are mistaken for rattlesnakes.
not as viscous as the Coachwhip,
the Racer will readily bite and defecate foul liquids if handled.
The bite of the Racer may break the skin, but poses little threat
except by infection. The bite of this and any nonpoisonous snake
should be promptly given first aid.