ANTIGUAN RACER (Alsophis antiguae)

ANTIGUAN RACER (Alsophis antiguae)
ANTIGUAN RACER (Alsophis antiguae)
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Description: The Antiguan racer is an extremely rare species of snake that lives on Antigua, a Caribbean island. They are increasingly under threat by non-native invasive predators such as rats, mongooses and dogs. Despite being nonvenomous and relatively docile compared to many snakes, the Antiguan racer is often the victim of persecution by humans. It is considered one of the world's most rare and endangered snakes.

IUCN Status: Critically Endangered

Major Threats: Habitat loss; predation by rats, dogs and mongooses; human persecution

Habitat: Coastal forest

Location: Two or three offshore islands of Antigua in the Caribbean

Diet: Small ground lizards