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Snakes - Eastern Yellow-Bellied Racer

Eastern Yellow-Bellied Racer - Coluber constrictor

Eastern Yellow-Bellied Racer - Coluber constrictor

NPS Photo by Kevin Jackson

The eastern yellow-bellied racer (Coluber constrictor) is a fast moving snake that will dine on small birds, lizards, rodents, insects and even other snakes. When frightened the yellow-bellied racer will vibrate its tail. If the snake is lying in dry leaves or grass the vibrating tail may sound like the warning buzz of a rattlesnake.

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