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Southern Black Racer

Coluber constrictor priapus


There were two black racers under a board behind the dunes in Cape Lookout National Seashore, NC. The second snake wasn't seen until the board was lifted up... they were all wrapped up together under the only cover object in the area.


Throughout its range, this snake favors wooded areas, brush and thickets.

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SandraH 7 years ago

Indeed MaryLou! I am so happy to have found this place. Feel right at home :)

marylou.wildlife 7 years ago

Thank you SandraH! It's so nice to have a community of people who appreciate all things wild... not just the cute and fuzzy!

SandraH 7 years ago

great catch and a wonderful collection overall. Reptiles and amphibians deserve credit too! They are fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

Liam 7 years ago

My bad. That should say 'these guys'.

Liam 7 years ago

This guy was a little cooperative also. Nice photos!

marylou.wildlife 7 years ago

Ashish, I thought that was what was probably going down under that board... I felt pretty bad about it because I'm pretty sure we totally killed the mood.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Wrapped with each other means mating...!!
Cool spotting..!!

marylou.wildlife 7 years ago

Thank you both! And yes, I truly wish there were more appreciation for these amazing animals. Education and personal encounters are so important for changing peoples views on snakes :)

ZackUmbarger 7 years ago

I agree with him ^^
Amazing Picture

I have a pet corn snake that I bring around with me showing him to people, even though he's a snake, people still love him :)

dgetzandanner 7 years ago

Great picture. More people need to appreciate snakes!

Ocracoke, North Carolina, USA

Lat: 35.10, Long: -75.99

Spotted on May 4, 2010
Submitted on Sep 28, 2011

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