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A beautiful male black racer. He was about four feet long. There's a reason why these snakes are called racers - it took me a while to run him down! A few of us finally surrounded him and I was able to grab him. A lot of people get racers and rat snakes confused. Here are two key differences to look for. Rat snakes have white between their scales, while racers do not. Racers have a ridge above the eye, giving them the appearance of an eyebrow, while rat snakes lack this ridge. Racers also generally have smooth, glossy looking scales, but that's something that's a bit harder to recognize unless you're familiar with both species. Both racers and rat snakes are harmless, nonvenomous species. They may bite, but it won't do any lasting damage.
Spotted on Apr 25, 2013
Submitted on Apr 25, 2013
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