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Black Racer

Black Racer

Common Name
Black Racer

Scientific Name
Coluber constrictor constrictor (eastern)

Coluber constrictor priapus (southern)

Adult Black Racers are relatively large, slender, solid black snakes with smooth scales and large eyes. They often have white coloration on their chins. Their underside is usually dark gray or black. Juveniles don’t usually look at all like the adults of the species. They are usually tan or grayish with brown or reddish splotches along their back. The pattern of the juvenile snakes will fade out when they get to be about 10 to 14 inches long at which time they will take on apperance of the adults.

They are found throughout the eastern United States from southern Maine to the Florida Keys. Subspecies have been found into the central United States.

Feeding Habits
Black racers are diurnal and can often be seen hunting and foraging during the day. At night and in cooler weather they will seek shelter. Black racers generally eat rodents, frogs, salamanders, and lizards. Juveniles will eat insects as well. They will usually pin their prey down and simply swallow it alive. They are very adept climbers and have been known to raid birds nests for eggs and the birds themselves.
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