Northern Black Racer

Coluber constrictor constrictor
Linnaeus, 1758
Richmond Co., North Carolina. May 23, 1998.

What can I say about these snakes! I say snakes, because this was a pair, upholding my tendency of finding Coluber constrictor in pairs most of the time. These snakes were encountered along the margin of some pine woods in south central North Carolina. Both were the same size, slightly over four feet in length. The photographs do not do them justice; we spent a long time admiring them and their lustrous black coloration. Around four feet in length, but these creatures could easily add another foot or more to their length eventually. They prey on smaller snakes, lizards, frogs, birds, and small mammals they can find.

My Flickr album for this species is here.

HerpMapper records for this species is here.

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