Southern Black Racer Snake

 

The most frequently seen snake in Florida due to its large size and daytime activity, the Black Racer is a sleek, graceful, fast moving snake. Adults are jet black with a bright white chin and reddish eyes. Juveniles are grey with rows of reddish-brown spots or blotches down their backs, a coloration that is shed as they mature. Despite its specific name constrictor, this snake is more likely to suffocate or crush its victim into the ground rather than coil around it in typical constrictor fashion. Found in neighborhoods, it is a great natural predator and should be encouraged to stay.

Latin Name: Coluber constrictor priapus

Habitat: Pine Flatwoods, Oak hammock

Diet: Mice, Rats, Frogs, Toad, Lizards, Birds