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
Green Swamp, Pasco County, Florida
On the snake front, my little Merritt Island / Cape Canaveral excursion on 31 March 2012 was almost a bust. I'd missed a dusky pigmy rattler earlier in the day and nearly missed this southern black racer entirely. I couldn't get decent photographs of the dude, much less get my hands on it. Still, I was happy to have at least gotten these. This snake was *active*!
~ janson jones,
I saw two southern black racers, Coluber constrictor priapus, at Grand Bay WMA today. One was ridiculously cooperative and the other... not so much. These photographs are not surprisingly of the cooperative one. A real champ.
The chin was much darker than usual. Very mottled and dark. No white-chin action here.
~ janson jones,
Daytona State College, where I taught composition from 2004-2007, sported a healthy and robust reptile and amphibian biodiversity. Among the regulars, none were quite as successful as the southern black racer. This snake tends to do quite well in residential areas and around human development. I'd see them on campus fairly regularly. This was, of course, awesome.
~ janson jones,
Crossing a gravel road. Has some damage to the jaw.
Juvenile Black Racer (Coluber constrictor) from Snake Road, Illinois
Southern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor priapus) from Brown County State Park, Indiana
It was in the scrubby preserve area behind my parents house.
This year's hatch has started.
Black Racers are relatively large growing up to 60 inches. It is all black with smooth scales and large eyes. They are not aggressive and when they feel threatened, they often vibrate their tail in the leaves to mimic a rattle snake.
This black racer was oberserved at a private residence in Gillsville, Ga. The residence is in a rural farming area. The racer was first seen in the shrubs in the front of the house and the birds were going crazy while it was moving through. The tail vibrations were heard before the snake was seen so I thought it was a rattle snake until I got a visual on the snake.
Beautiful black racer, covered in pollen like everything else in the region right now. My daughter and I found it sunning itself in the woods. It was probably a bit cool and didn't dash off immediately. Instead it reared up and vibrated its tail against the dry leaves. This display is thought to mimic a rattlesnake's rattle.