Coluber constrictor etheridgei

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Coluber constrictor etheridgei
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Coluber
Species: C. constrictor
Subspecies: C. c. etheridgei
Trinomial name
Coluber constrictor etheridgei
Wilson, 1970

Coluber constrictor etheridgei, commonly known as the tan racer, is a nonvenomous colubrid snake, a subspecies of the eastern racer (Coluber constrictor). It is endemic to the southern United States.

Geographic range[edit]

It is found in Louisiana and Texas.

Etymology[edit]

The subspecific name or epithet, etheridgei, is in honor of the American zoologist and paleontologist Richard Emmett Etheridge.

Description[edit]

The tan racer, as its name implies, is typically a solid tan brown in color. Juveniles have a pattern of dark brown dorsal blotches, which fade to solid tan at about a year of age. The underside is typically gray or white, sometimes with yellow spotting. They typically grow from .75 - 1.5 m (30 to 60 inches) in length. They have large eyes, with round pupils, and excellent vision.

Behavior[edit]

Like all racers, the tan racer is diurnal and highly active. Their diet consists of a wide variety of prey, but primarily includes rodents, and lizards. They are fast moving, and generally seek to use their speed to escape if approached.

Habitat[edit]

The tan racer prefers habitats of pine flatwoods.

Reproduction[edit]

Mating occurs in the spring, and a clutch of approximately 30 eggs is laid typically in the month of May, to hatch mid summer.

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