What Is It?

By MDC | September 1, 2022
From Xplor: September/October 2022
  • A leathery egg was my home base.
  • But now I’ve hatched from its embrace.
  • Insects and rodents are what I chase.
  • As I race from place to place.

Eastern Yellow-Bellied Racer

In August and September, baby eastern yellow-bellied racers hatch out of leathery eggs. The 10-inch hatchlings have tan bodies with dark-brown stripes. As they grow, the stripes disappear and their backs turn bluish-black. Baby racers eat insects. Older snakes add rodents, lizards, birds, and even other snakes to the menu. As their name suggests, racers slither swiftly to catch prey and escape predators. They are found statewide in prairies, pastures, and forest edges.


This Issue's Staff

Artist - Alexis (AJ) Joyce
Photographer – Noppadol Paothong
Photographer – David Stonner
Designer – Marci Porter
Designer – Les Fortenberry
Art Director – Cliff White
Editor – Matt Seek
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