Scientific Name: Drymobius margaritiferus
Even though these snakes are not venomous, they are nervous and quick to bite if handled or provoked. The northern speckled racer is the northernmost of the Drymobius genus which are known as the “racers” due to their very fast speed while chasing running lizards.
STATUS:The northern speckled racer is listed as threatened by the state of Texas.
HABITAT: The northern speckled racer makes its home in think underbrush and palm groves ranging from southern Texas down to Columbia.
DIET: Their diet mainly consists of small frogs and toads, even though they are also known to consume a variety of small creatures.
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Being part of the colubrid family of snakes, the northern speckled racer is nonvenomous but is known to bite if provoked. This species grows on average between 30 to 40 inches, and is typically colored dark brown or black, with small hints of blue and yellow which give it a greener overall hue, allowing it to better blend in with its surrounding environment. The back side of the snake appears to have black lines while the underside of this snake is typically yellow or green in color.
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The family Colubridae, of which Drymobius is a part, is the largest family of snakes on Earth, making up almost 60% of all snake species. This group is very diverse with many different species and habits, including the Drymobius “neotropical racers,” a name derived from this snake’s behavior of quickly chasing down lizards and high speeds (…for a snake) or quickly evading the grasp of a nearby human hand. This snake is difficult to sustain in captivity due to its evasive nature and dislike of eating food while in confinement. The northern speckled racer is truly a speedy racer, and likes to remain so without being handled too much.