Scales look smooth. Could be a black rat snake.
Young adult observed actively pursuing Brown Anoles in bramble as I remained stationary and escaped notice of the snake (it came within several feet of my location). See second image for close-up of head.
Found in a short shrub bush at a Japanese garden in Delray. (Tame specimen)
At least 3 ft long and very calm and non defensive.
Eating a tree frog, the frog's call is what led me to the snake...look carefully and you can see the frog still holding onto a branch and one of the other feet even shows the toes. In the open pine area.
Found by my pond today. He froze as the dogs walked right past so I could photograph him.
Coluber constrictor priapus, commonly known as the southern black racer, is one of the more common subspecies of nonvenomous Coluber constrictor snakes in the Southeastern United States. The name priapus refers to the proximal spines of the hemipenes being much enlarged into basal hooks, which is characteristic of this subspecies. These snakes are quite active during the day, which increases the chance of sightings. They will eat almost any animal they can overpower, including, rodents, frogs,...