Coluber constrictor priapus, 22 July 2016

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer;
Volusia county, Florida (22 July 2016).

A Southern black racer reminding me how much more agile it is than I am. With their sharp visual acuity, lightning fast reflexes, reactive defensiveness, and rapid-fire speed-on-command, racers are a challenge to catch up to and work with. I love them, but they don’t always make it easy. Sometimes, however, their punkish attitude results in an interesting shot. I was trying to get a reference shot of the snake’s dorsal scales, and the snake threaded through its own coil to stare me down.

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