YELLOW BELLIED RACER
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Coluber constrictor
HABITAT: Most of the continental US with the exception of the Southwest from W. Texas to Southern California, and parts of the northern Midwest.
CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern
Aptly named, this is one of the fastest snakes in Kansas. It uses its keen eyesight to track and pursue prey. When threatened, racers will try to distract a predator’s attention by thrashing vigorously in one spot. As soon as the predator’s attention is diverted to that spot, the racer will quickly slip away into the brush or beneath a rock.