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!
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,...