Red Racer

This is a Red Racer (Masticophis flagellum piceus)-
a diurnal and very fast snake of Red Rocks, Nevada.
Photographed in Fern Canyon in spring 2007.

Notice the presence of black marks on head and neck and the lack of marks on the rest of its thin body. This snake is often described as a red snake with a black head.
It will bite, excrete musk and twist its body when handled.

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butitsadryheat

butitsadryheat - Jul 30, 2007 7:09 pm - Voted 10/10

At least it will....

smell good when you get bitten!

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Jul 30, 2007 7:57 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: At least it will....

Lol. I'm so used to racers "racing" away from me in a hurry, I was surprised that (after some research) he turned out to be a racer too. It was so relaxed on this rock and only left after he got tired of our cameras ;)

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