Coluber constrictor priapus, 06 October 2020

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer;
Volusia county, Florida (06 October 2020).

In my previous home in Ormond Beach, I used to grade papers and record audio feedback on the base stoop of our back patio. I spent a lot of time on that back patio, and every now and then I’d get interrupted by some manner of critter. Racers were the most common interrupters. They’re quite sensitive to movement, but they wouldn’t see me sitting at the base stoop doing my thing. This spot happened to be along a choice route for racers hunting for snacks. Honestly, it’s fairly nifty when the racers come to you. They’re incredibly fast, and it’s harder and harder to catch up to them, so when they come to you, well, that’s a bonus.

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