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!
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
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,