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Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer Coluber constrictor flaviventris


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Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer
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Family: Colubridae, Colubrid Snakes view all from this family

Description 23-70" (58-177.7 cm). Slender, agile, and fast moving. Adult uniformly pale blue, bluish-green, olive-green, gray, or brown above. Belly cream to bright yellow. Young gray with darker gray, brown, or reddish-brown blotches down back and dark spots on sides. Scales smooth, in 17 rows (15 rows at vent). Anal plate divided.

Habitat Abandoned fields, grassland, sparse brushy areas along prairie land, open woodland.

Range C. Montana, w. North Dakota, and Iowa south through e. Wyoming and Colorado to ne. New Mexico, e. half of Texas to the coast, and extreme n. Arkansas; Gulf coast of se. Texas and w. Louisiana.

Discussion This subspecies is smaller than many of the other racers. Racers eat large insects, frogs, lizards, snakes, small rodents, and birds, but they are not constrictors, despite the scientific name.