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Southern Black Racer

Coluber constrictor ssp. priapus


Jet Black head to tip of tail with a plain grey belly. One of the fastest snakes out there truly deserving the name "racer." This photo was featured on the National Geographic Great Nature Project website!


Crossing my yard heading into a mixed forest.


This one was in a very good mood for being picked up and "held" for a photo shoot. Was in no hurry to leave at all and never even attempted to bite. However, when it decided that the photo shoot was over, it only took seconds to cross my entire yard and get back into the woods.

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Musicwolf 6 years ago

I just got featured on the National Geographic Great Nature Project website for this photo! Check it out at It should be viewable in their pic of the day collection for the next month at least!

Hema 6 years ago

Could be a resident ! Wow what a treat to see it slide away!!

Musicwolf 6 years ago

Yeah, had some fun with this guy - - took about 30 shots to get the right tongue one ;).

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 6 years ago

excellent catch of the tongue!

BonnieLHuntsinger 6 years ago

Thank you very much, Musicwolf, for telling me more! :)
I think your photo is excellent and as good as magazine nature photos! I love this Project Noah website. I just discovered it and it is so cool seeing what fellow nature photographers post from so many places! 🐍

Musicwolf 6 years ago

Not venomous at all Bonnie. They are generally very curious snakes, and will come check you out if you allow them to. However, they are known to bite repeatedly if you try to capture them.

Kyle A
Kyle A 6 years ago

Very nice series. Thanks for sharing. @ BonnieLHuntsinger these snakes are not venomous. They are sometimes confused with the water moccasin which are venomous.

BonnieLHuntsinger 6 years ago

Wow!! Spectacular photo!! :-)
Do you know if this snake is venomous?

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North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Jun 2, 2014
Submitted on Jun 15, 2014

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