The Racer is a relatively thin snake that is typically less than 1 m in length. Adults are uniform grey or olive and have a yellow belly; young have a series of brown, saddle-like cross bands across the back that become fainter as the snakes mature. Racers are harmless to humans and feed mainly on insects. Racers occur in the south and central interior of British Columbia, a range that includes at least 5 discrete areas near Trail, Grand Forks, and Midway; and within the Okanagan/Similkameen and Thompson/Fraser watersheds...
The population and distribution goal is to maintain the current area of occupancy and distribution of the Racer within British Columbia.
The management objectives are to:
1. Protect and conserve suitable Racer habitat within each of the 5 population areas; 2. Reduce roadkill, the main threat to Racer, at 3 priority4 sites, ideally within 3 of the 5 population areas; and 3. Quantify Racer habitat needs, population demographics, and viability within all 5 population areas, as well as investigate less understood threats to Racer (e.g., pollution and agriculture).
The Racer was designated as Special Concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). It is listed as Special Concern in Canada on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). In British Columbia, the Racer is ranked S3 (vulnerable) by the Conservation Data Centre and is on the provincial Blue list. The B.C. Conservation Framework ranks the Racer as a priority 2 under goal 2 (prevent species and ecosystems from becoming at risk). It is protected from capture and killing, under the B.C. Wildlife Act. It is also listed as a species at risk under the Forest and Range Practices Act, which enables habitat management tools as per the Identified Wildlife Management Strategy.
Racer Management Team Working Group. 2013. Management Plan for Racer (Coluber constrictor) in British Columbia
Scientific Name: Coluber constrictor
English Name: Racer
Other Identifier: QL666.O636 R32 2013/333.95'7962/C2013-980009-3
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