Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer;
Volusia county, Florida (02 August 2020).
There’s nothing quite like an attitudinal juvenile Southern black racer. If you know what adult racers look like, this juvenile’s appearance might be surprising to you. As juveniles, Southern black racers sport a light gray base color with black-bordered red blotches across their backs. As they grow older, the patterns fade away, and the racer takes on its slate-gray/black appearance. It’s quite the transition, really. It’s not surprising that juvenile racers are often confused as being another species entirely.