Herp of the day

Herp of the day: Western Yellow-bellied Racer

The Western Yellow-bellied Racer (Coluber constrictor mormon) is a nonvenomous snake found in the western United States. 

These diurnal snakes can be quite defensive, and are known to freely strike at any perceived threat. 

Despite its scientific name, this snake is not actually a constrictor and instead crushes prey with its jaws before consumption.