Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer;
Volusia county, Florida (22 July 2016).
Ever reactive and extremely agile (and fast!), this is the typical pose of a Southern black racer in front of my camera — poised and ready for what’s next. Despite its intense stare, this non-venomous species is just watching out for itself. Racers can certainly be feisty if/when cornered or caught, but they are very, very far from being aggressive. They’d definitely prefer to be disappear in the foliage long before such an inquisitive pose is warranted.