Antilles racer

Antilles racer
Antilles Racer in Rosalie, Dominica.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Alsophis
Species: A. antillensis
Schlegel, 1837
Binomial name
Alsophis antillensis
  • A. a. antillensis
  • A. a. manselli
  • A. a. sibonius

Psammophis antillensis
Dromicus antillensis
Dromicus leucomelas

The Antilles racer (Alsophis antillensis) is a species of snake found in the Caribbean, on the Lesser Antilles islands of Montserrat, Dominica, and Guadeloupe. It is common only on Dominica, where it can be found in all areas except the highest elevations, possibly due to the absence of the mongoose on that island.

It can reach nearly a meter in length. It feeds on lizards and small rodents. It rarely bites humans, but may release a foul-smelling (though harmless) cloacal secretion when disturbed.

The Dominican population is alternately described as an endemic subspecies A. a. sibonius, or as an endemic species, A. sibonius. It has a brown ground color, with lighter brown or white splotches that may alternate to form a zig-zag pattern. A. a. manselli is restricted to Montserrat. Populations on Guadeloupe and Marie-Galante have possibly been extirpated.


  • Malhotra, Anita; Thorpe, Roger S.; Hypolite, Eric; James, Arlington (2007), "A report on the status of the herpetofauna of the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies", Appl. Herpetol., 4: 177–94, doi:10.1163/157075407780681365 
  • Malhotra, Anita; Thorpe, Roger S. (1999), Reptiles & Amphibians of the Eastern Caribbean, Macmillan Education Ltd., pp. 27, 38–39, 75, 84, 87, 88, 122, ISBN 0-333-69141-5 
  • Powell, Robert; Henderson, Robert W. (2005), "Conservation Status of Lesser Antillean Reptiles", Iguana, 12 (2): 63–77 

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