Conserving the Endangered Black Racer by Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

The northern black racer is state endangered and a species of greatest conservation need in Maine’s wildlife action plan. Large but rarely encountered snakes, black racers require large habitat blocks of pine-oak forests, pine barrens, heath-lands, or reverted farmland. 

In Maine, racers are limited to the southern third of the state and could be lost entirely due to their low numbers and habitat loss and fragmentation. A radio tracking study by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will provide better information on black racer habitat use, space requirements, and behavior in dens. This research will help efficiently and effectively conserve the black racer and the habitat it relies upon.


Photo: Black racer/Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

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