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Posted by terry cox on February 19, 2000 at 21:37:39:
In Reply to: racer hunting posted by John on February 09, 2000 at 20:58:55:
I can give a little account and advice. Sometimes when you get a blue cornered it'll jump off the ground right at your face, so be careful. Once a friend grabbed on to a big blue and it nailed him on the hand and pulled back hard. He took six stitches. The best luck I've had was in spring when the snakes first come out and blue racers lie in the open sunning. You can sneak up and jump on them. Also I've had good luck turning things, especially tin. I've caught every size from babies to six foot adults under tin. When I lived in central Michigan, Osceola Co., I used to chase them in the pasture and they usually went down a gopher hole. Sometimes I would see them with their heads sticking out. That was a fun game. I've also seen them while walking stream beds and they'd be up in the bushes. I've seen them in tall grass and we play chase and they race around with their heads above the grass like a periscope. In one place I've found them coming out of hibernation in a dry stand of pine near the shore of a large pond. Sometimes they'd be on the ground and sometimes in low branches. Blue racers are notorious feeders on other snakes and keep those populations in check. The large ones are usually pretty heavy-bodied...maybe they're a little easier to catch than other subspecies. Good luck. TC.