Observed a pair copulating in a sunny patch along the sandy trail; snakes were about 3 feet long...
Never got a look at their heads (adrenalin was rushing as I turned my camera on and focused)... and then it went into overdrive when another male (presumably) raced in to join the melee.
Reviewing photos makes clear the "white chin" of the SBR.
Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer, photographed in Volusia county, Florida (04 May 2014). Janson Jones, http://dusttracks.com.
On July 1, 2013 the XplorMor team was hiking the Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound, FL, when we saw a Southern Black Racer.
This seriously wounded large snake was found as shown in these photos. It was so big that I first thought it might be an Eastern Indigo Snake. My best guess is that it barely escaped from a bobcat or large raptor (I did see a bobcat nearby).
I was showing my Field Biology Class this juvenile Racer when he puked up a Brown snake! After "shaking it off" the Brown snake went on his way, apparently unharmed!
Southern Black Racer Puked up the Brown Snake
Leffis Key, Manatee County, Florida
Cruising the pine straw and leave litter around the base of a pine tree. Approx. 36 inches long.
This record gleaned from the pages of "A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians" by Roger Conant in the Peterson field guide series. I had a 1958 copyright edition of this book as a teenager, and still have it. In my younger years I wrote the location and date where I saw and/or captured certain species directly onto the pages of this book, and thus the information to provide this record comes from that. The first 6500+ records I posted on iNat had photo documentation, but now I am posting these records which do not have photos just to provide the data point for the species and location as best as I can for the historical record.
Juvenile found under artificial cover
Adult found on the crawl