The Black Racer Snake

The Black racer is one of the prominent non-venomous constrictor Minneapolis snakes. They are known to be aggressive against any animal that they can overcome.

The snake is characterized by a thin body, with a deep black dorsal side, alongside a grey-coloured belly with a white chin. The snake is referred to as “racer” because of its sleek and fast movements. When fully matured, the Minnesota snake can reach between 20 and 56 inches in length, with a record of 72 inches of body length, recorded in the United States.

The Minneapolis Black racer snake is capable of releasing musky substances, when captured; it does this in a bid to irritate its capturer to release it. The animal is also known to make some hissing noises when moving around, especially during the day.

Life cycle
Black racer is known to have a life cycle of between 15 and 18 months, however, in some rare cases, the Minnesota snake may live for more 2 years.

Black racer snake prefers to live in moist or warm conditions. The Minnesota snake can be found coiling around trees and under shrubs and leaves. It moves into warmer environments especially when the sun sets. The snake also moves close to river banks in search of frogs and some other tiny Minneapolis animals living close to streams and ponds, but does not move into water.

The Minnesota snake can consume virtually any animal it can overpower, thus, it is a predator snake that consumes animals such as insects, lizards, rodents, eggs, birds, and frogs. Despite being specifically referred to as “Constrictor”, the Minneapolis snake will rather suffocate its prey unto the ground and coil around it in a constricting manner.

The black racer is more active during the day, especially in the warmest parts of the day , thus they can be easily sighted. It has a proximal spine that can enlarge into a basal hook that can be used in capturing small animals. They can capture any small Minneapolis animal, most especially frogs, lizards, toads, and rodents. Though they like to move in isolation but they can charge at humans , in a bid to avoid being captured or just to frighten them. When this snake is challenged, it will likely retreat. Most species of this snake do not tolerate handling for long, thus it can strike or flail each time it is handled. The Minnesota snake is known to defecate some foul-smelling musk used in defending itself against predators.

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