Coluber constrictor priapus, 18 August 2006

Coluber contrictor priapus, the Southern black racer;
Lake county, Florida (18 August 2006).

Perhaps the GOAT so far as residential snakes in Florida are concerned. Southern black racers are adept at scratching out a living in the sprawling, winding neighborhoods of peninsular Florida. It’s a fast, agile, alert, non-venomous, and mostly-diurnal species. Consequently, this is one of the most commonly observed species in central Florida, though they often see you coming long before you see them. When you see that streak of dark gray sliding away at the edge of your yard, odds are that was a racer earning its common name.

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