Saturday, October 17, 2015

Black Racer

This Black Racer greeted us on 5 April when we visited Carol Foil near Satsuma, Florida. Black Racers, found across much of eastern United States, are often one of the most common snakes. These snakes are not poisonous, and usually flee upon approach. If cornered, they may strike and bite. This racer was lounging on Carol’s air conditioner.

Black Racers, generally diurnal, are opportunistic feeders and occur in a wide variety of habitats. They take insects, lizards, other snakes, birds, amphibians, and mammals. They generally swallow their prey alive. Although usually terrestrial, these snakes are good at climbing through trees and shrubs, where they sometimes sleep during the night. Otherwise, they take shelter under cover or in burrows (Savannah River Ecology Lab).

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