Blue Racer Ranch Has A State Record Size Blue Racer Snake!
The Blue Racer snake that had the chipmunk was being attacked by another chipmunk trying to get the snake to let his buddy go! The Blue Racer snake was not phased at all by the attacks.
The Blue Racer snake was approximately 7 foot long, maybe a little more. He let me walk right up to him, probably because he couldn’t move so well with a chipmunk fighting to get out of his mouth!
An adult Blue Racer snake can typically vary from 50 to 152 cm (20 to 60 in) in total length depending on the subspecies, but a record-sized specimen measured 185.4 cm (73.0 in) in total length. (from Wikipedia) Hahaha, I have shed skins that are 98 inches and 94 inches! And I know there is one snake much bigger than that!
Maybe I should get some snake handling gloves and catch one of these. There is a process you have to follow to officially claim the state record. I talked to the state herptologist and he filled me in on how to catch and record big Blue Racer snakes.
A Blue Racer Snake
Here is another photo of a Blue Racer snake earlier this spring. She was the first one that kind of intimidated me. When she first saw me, she immediately raised up about 15 inches. Then when I moved he flared out and started “rattling” her tale. Then when I moved again, she faked like she was coming at me. Then quickly took off, all 7-8 feet of her! (it was a female. Males have a blunt tail)
Well that’s what happened at the Blue Racer Ranch today here in sunny Southwest Michigan!
Some big things being planned at Blue Racer Ranch in June. Stay tuned!