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Posted by Eddie S on March 20, 2003 at 21:14:17:
In Reply to: Re: Blue Racer 2nd try posted by DanW on March 20, 2003 at 10:47:14:
::Your pic came out fine and man what a pic. I wish I lived in Blue Racer country. I think they are one of the most beautiful snakes in North America. Actually I am only about 100 miles south of there range. Has anyone had any experience with them in captivity? Are the hatchlings pretty much insistent on eating lizards?
Dan....I must agree with you - they are beautiful. In the right light you can see the full range of blue hues that extend from the belly to the back. But they are also impressive snakes because of their size (I suspect they average larger than any other coluber subspecies) and because they will eat just about any other snake on sight!
I have no experience with captive blues. Very few people have and most would say that they will not do well. A captive hatchling however would maybe calm down enough. As to food for hatchlings up here, there are very few lizards in Michigan. Only one species really (blue skink) and I doubt very much that young racers rely on skinks around here. I bet they mostly take frogs and smaller snakes when they are young.