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Racer Snake Trapped In Fake Spider Web Saved at Florida’s Pelican Harbor Seabird Station

Staff believe the lizard got entangled first and the snake then consumed it.

The snake was taken to the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station in Miami, FL, where staff worked to remove the fibers from the snake’s mouth and body.

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A black racer snake (Coluber sp.) apparently ate more than it should have when it got stuck in some fake Halloween spider webbing while eating an anole. The hapless little snake was taken to the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station in Miami, FL, where staff worked to carefully remove the fibers from the snake’s mouth and body. In doing so, the staff also pulled out what appeared to be a brown anole that the snake had consumed.


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After carefully pulling for some time, staff were able to remove most of the webbing from the snake’s mouth and face. After the fake webbing was safely removed from the snake, staff then pulled out the dead lizard from the snake’s mouth. Staff at the station believe the lizard may have gotten entangled in the fake webbing first, and then the snake consumed it.

Racer Snake Information

Racer snakes are found throughout much of the United States and as far north as Canada and as far down to Guatemala and Belize. There are 11 subspecies of this nonvenomous snake. They can grow to about five feet in length and feed on a variety of small rodents, and other small mammals, lizards, frogs, toads, small turtles, birds and other snakes. Juveniles consume soft bodied insects and other invertebrates. They are even known to consume bird eggs.