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Racer (juvenile)

Coluber constrictor

Description:

Maybe 2' long, this snake had a light yellow background with red/brown spots. Similar size as racers.

Habitat:

on the Rogue River in Douglas fir & oak forest, quite dry and warm in summer.

Notes:

Never seen another snake like this one.

1 species ID suggestions

AshleyT
AshleyT 3 years ago
Racer - juvenile
Coluber constrictor Amphibians and Reptiles of Oregon

9 Comments

shebebusynow
shebebusynow 3 years ago

No doubt that's why I'd never seen one like this before--they change so much. Thanks for the info.

AshleyT
AshleyT 3 years ago

Coluber constrictor is not the name for the black racer. Coluber constrictor is called the eastern racer, or racer for short. The southern black racer is Coluber constrictor priapus. The northern black racer is Coluber constrictor constrictor. If you want to call it a subspecies, then find out which one is in range and call it that, but there is no need to. I very rarely mess with subspecies so can't help you with which one this is. But you can't go off of a juvenile pattern to try to ID to subspecies level, they look completely different as adults. Would have to do it off of range.

shebebusynow
shebebusynow 3 years ago

Ashley T, since Coluber constrictor is the name for the black racer, is there a variety name for this one? Since it doesn't have the dark head of the red racer , is it the western yellow-bellied racer (C.c.mormon)? Or some other variety?

shebebusynow
shebebusynow 3 years ago

Thanks for the help; the fact that the juvenile is so different from the adult makes it difficult. I'd never seen one that looked like that, plus it was found kind of close to California so there's often species there I haven't seen before.

AshleyT
AshleyT 3 years ago

They are really pretty when they are young, unfortunately their pattern fades pretty quickly!

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 3 years ago

Thanks Ashley! I wasn't sure in this one. Such a pretty snake.

AshleyT
AshleyT 3 years ago

Normal looking juvenile racer. Pattern is fading on the tail, it will completely fade as it becomes an adult.

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 3 years ago

Perhaps a young Gopher Snake, Pituophis catenifer catenifer. http://slitherbriggs.webs.com/pccatenife...

Hema
Hema 3 years ago

could this be a coach whip?

Oregon, USA

Lat: 42.56, Long: -124.07

Spotted on Sep 13, 2008
Submitted on Aug 1, 2015

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