The blue racer is especially ferocious when it feels threatened and when they are cornered. In this instance they can sometimes vibrate the tips of their tail which can make a similar noise to that of a rattlesnake. Also, if they are grabbed by the neck they will try and bite the person who is holding them and they will thrash their bodies violently to try and get away. Black snakes are less violent as they tend to freeze when they feel threatened or vibrate their tails. However, they will resort to attacking if they have to.
Both forms of snake have similar prey that they feed on, such as small frogs and lizards. However, the black snake will eat baby mice whereas the blue racer will chow down on insects, birds and other snakes. The way they catch their prey is also different. For example, a black snake will trap their food by wrapping their bodies around it until it suffocates. A blue racer on the other hand will pin its prey with its coils, or in some cases it will just swallow it alive.
- Where Are They?
You're likely to find blue racers in the east of the United States in places such as Maine and Louisiana, whereas black snakes are situated throughout the southern states of America, such as New England, Texas as well as southern Canada.