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Southern black racer

Coluber constrictor priapus


Slender black snakes approx 30-60" in length when adult. They are satiny or shiny black above and bluish-gray on the belly. They have white on the chin and throat. Juveniles begin strongly marked with blotches of dark gray, brown and red. By the time they are 20" in length they should have adult coloration. Called "racer" because they are active, fast moving snakes. (


An excellent swimmer and climber. They favor wooded areas, brush and thickets although commonly seen in suburban yards. Found in the Southeastern US.

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Anna Wilson
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Anna Wilson

Sarasota, Florida, USA

Spotted on Sep 30, 2011
Submitted on Oct 13, 2011

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