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Central and Southern US

Southern Black Racer

This snake can reach speeds of around 4mph.  It is also an excellent swimmer and climber.


A naturally nervous species, the racer will strike at a predator if it cannot escape.  Vision is important to this snake and when hunting it will raise its head up to look for prey.

HABITATWooded areas, thickets, fields
DIETRodents, amphibians, lizards, insects

Fun Fact
What appears to be the Flamingo's knee bending backward is actually its ankle.
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