Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer, photographed in Volusia county, Florida (11 July 2014). Found trekking and hunting in my backyard. Janson Jones, http://dusttracks.com.
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.
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,...