black rat/black racer

Asked April 28, 2018, 9:58 AM EDT

Do either of the typical black snake, actually eat poisionous snakes? Fact or myth?

Missouri

1 Response

Thank you for your question. The black racer has an extremely varied diet. Adults feed on small rodents, lizards, other snakes, including some venomous snakes, copperheads and the pygmy rattlesnakes, birds, frogs and insects. They will also feed on bird and reptile eggs.

The black ratsnake feeds primarily on rodents, birds and bird eggs, but not other snakes.

Hope this answers your question, and thanks for contacting Ask an Expert.

Jim