How do I take care of baby black racer snakes? | Yahoo Answers
The Black racer snake is a medium-sized snake that is native to the southern parts of the United States, and the northern parts of Mexico. The Black racer snake is more popular in North America than Europe. In North America, they are popular snakes with both novice and experienced reptile owners as they are attractive, relatively easy to obtain and inexpensive, and easy to care for.
Do any of you here know of a site for a Black Racer care sheet, or has personally studied this species of Coluber constrictor. im looking to get one. just need the know how on temps, humidity; if very important for this kind of snake, and brumation patterns.
I know it sounds kinda scary, but black racers are wonderful to have around. They take care of all the other icky creatures that you really don't want in and around your house. In some areas of the country black racers (sometimes called rat snakes) are actually protected. So live and let live, if there is a lot of activity around their home, they will move on, but be happy knowing that you won't have to worry about poisonous snakes, or rats and mice anywhere near your home.Although he did experience some racism during his driving career, Bethea is quick to state he was 'Not a Black Racer', he was a racer who happened to be black, and he remains among the most popular drivers in Tennessee. Temperament:
Most Black racer snakes are nervous and active; however, their temperament does vary per individual and some are calmer than others. Owners should be careful when socializing and handling their Black racer snake, as they are very quick moving and will usually try their hardest to escape. Even when well socialized, Black racer snakes tend to always be skittish and timid with strangers; however, they usually become comfortable and moderately sociable with their owner. Black racer snakes are generally not aggressive and will not bite unless they feel extremely threatened; they will try to escape before they resort to biting. Black racer snakes are nocturnal, which means that are active during the night and sleep during the day. They move very quickly and are excellent escape artists, which makes them difficult to catch when they escape.Wild Care has a state of the art aviary that accommodates large raptors. Red-tailed hawks, Osprey, Great-horned Owls and other large raptors are able to exercise and hunt in this aviary in final preparation for release. Our cutting-edge warm and cold water seabird therapy pools have reduced the recovery time of a myriad of seabirds and waterfowl that have come to Wild Care for treatment. Red-throated Loons, Northern Gannets, Atlantic Puffins, and Black-backed Gulls have all been treated in these pools to recover their waterproofing and give them the necessary exercise needed for release. Our Baby Bird program is staffed with over 60 volunteers who feed such species as Eastern Bluebirds, Cedar Waxwings, and Chimney Swifts in 3 hour shifts every 20 minutes until they are ready for release! This past year we were the only rehab center on the Cape to care for baby birds. Our Critical Care Clinic staff also rehab reptiles from the biggest Snapping Turtle hit by a car to the smallest young Black Racer snake caught in a glue trap. And we care for hundreds of orphaned or injured small mammals like Virginia Opossum and Red and Gray Squirrels. The young Racers look totally different than the adults. Racers lay clutches of 15-25 oval eggs in the early summer. Oftentimes a number of females will lay their eggs together in the same nesting spot, but Racers do not give any parental care to their eggs or young. The hatchlings that emerge are 7-8 inches long, and are a greyish tan color with round reddish-brown patches along their back. As they grow, they lose their colors and turn black. My advice is to get one of the good black snakes instead. Black rat, black king, black pine, any of those will thrive if cared for properly. The reason black racers bite is that they are terrified of people. Stocking up on bandaids is the macho solution, but it is not going to make a very unhappy pet feel any better. Plus, buying a wildcaught snake is like casting a ballot vote that dealers should continue encouraging people to gather as many wild snakes as they can catch. If people would stop buying wildcaught animals, distributors would be more willing to pay more for captive-bred ones, thereby making it worth people�s while to start breeding tamer racers.