• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

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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Natural Entrance of Wind Cave

Winds caused by changes in barometric pressure are what give Wind Cave its name. These winds have been measured at the cave's walk-in entrance at over 70 mph. The winds at the natural entrance of the cave attracted the attention of Native Americans and early settlers.