Baron’s Green Racer

ANIMAL:
Baron’s Green Racer Philodryas baroni

Type of Animal:
Colubrid

Habitat:
Forests, savanna woodland, savanna

Location(s):
Bolivia, Paraguay, N Argentina

Appearance:
Green slender snake w/ small narrow elongated head & nasal protuberance (prominent in both sexes but more so in males), some specimens bluish/brownish, many snakes have black longitudinal stripes on back/sides, ventral area under black lateral lines white/yellowish-white, sometimes w/ green/blue shade, long tail

Food/Diet:
Small mammals, lizards, amphibians

Status in Wild:
Stable

Conservation:
Breeding in zoos, wildlife centers, & herpetoculture

Lifestyle:
Solitary or groups of 3-5 snakes

Additional Info:

Called:
Male
Female
Young: Snakelet
Group: Knot
 
Weight:
Male: 9.66 oz
Female: 12.7-13.75 oz
Young: 0.7 oz

Gestation:
3 months 

Life Span:
10-20 years

Body Length:
Male: 4.92 ft
Female: 5.91 ft
Young: 2.5 ft

Tail Length:
Male: 1.476 ft
Female: 1.773 ft

Active during the day (diurnal).
 
These snakes are semiarboreal.
 
These snakes rear-fanged venomous, w/ many bites being dry bites w/ no venom injected due to having to chew venom into victim. Venomous bites can cause pain, edema, swelling, local hemorrhaging, & local lesions. Venom moderate.
 
Females lay 4-20 eggs per clutch.
 
They can breed more than once a year & year round.
 
Also called Argentine Long Nose Snake, Point-Nosed Racer, & Argentine Long-Nosed Tree Snake.
 
Sexually mature at 1.5-2 years old.
 
Often rely on sight to capture prey.
 
Like most snakes, they use tongues to sense chemicals in air.
 
These snakes are active pursuit hunters.
 
Coloration aids in camouflage.
 
Largest member of Philodryas genus.

Fun Fact(s):
Like many snakes, they’re really good escape artists.
 
They will emit foul-smelling substance from cloaca if threatened/frightened. They may also bite. Many individuals very mild-mannered but they can also be very nervous.
 
Named after Manuel Baron Morlat, who collected 1st specimens of this species.

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