The warm, humid climate of central Florida provides ideal habitat for North American racers. Average temperatures in the region range from the 60s°F (15-20°C) in winter to over 90°F (32°C) in summer. Annual rainfall exceeds 50 inches.
These conditions allow dense vegetation like palmetto scrub, longleaf pine, cypress swamps, and wet prairies to thrive. Rural farms, ranches, and citrus groves provide ample prey. Racers inhabit open fields, forest edges, and wetlands throughout the region.
Developed areas also provide shelter in debris, woodpiles, and crawlspaces. As diurnal snakes, racers actively forage during the day when warmer weather rouses prey like lizards, rodents, and nestling birds. Central Florida’s abundant small animal populations and loose, moist soils for laying eggs allow racers to flourish.