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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Red Racer, Red Racer, where are you racing off to?

I came across a decent size red racer snake today that was high tailing it to a stand of four o clocks.     Red Racers are a non venomous snake native to the southwest and california.    The adults will feed on small mice, birds, snakes, lizards, and other small animals.   A adult will reach about 36 inches.      This one has a small rodent in its mouth, as it was racing for cover.  It got stuck in the fence, but quickly wiggled free and disappeared into the brush.    Here is a picture of the snake right after it wiggled itself from the fence.  

This snake is also sometimes called the coach whip snake because the tail looks like a braided whip.   Here is a picture of a Red Racer and you can clearly see its tail.