Tuesday, December 15, 2009

SNAKES………..Black Racer (June ‘09)

This is a very fast snake. I was only able to snap a few pictures and then it was gone. Look at the size of the eye compared to it’s body. 6.7.09 002cs

I  thought it was a Black Rat snake, but when my husband commented on it’s speed, I started checking. The large eye and white chin, convinced me it is a Black Racer.6.7.09 005cs

It is hiding in a Bougainville bush. Look at the beauty of the scales.6.7.09 006cs

Compare the head to that of the Yellow Rat Snake.6.7.09 002cs NY 2009 073cs

You can see there is a big difference in the size of the eye.  They are both beautiful snakes.


  1. Being a speedy and active forager, large eyes help the racer find and track down prey. They are also active exclusively during the day.

    Rat snakes also use vision to find prey, but probably rely on other senses as well. Plus they are often found crawling around at night.

  2. Great photos. I'm not fond of snakes, but you got some good pix!

  3. Beautiful indeed. Lovely head shots of them.
    We don't get many snakes here unfortunatley.

  4. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! ;-)
    I have to admire your recent snake photos but am glad they are not in my yard.


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