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Black Racer
Coluber constrictor


Black racers are one of the most commonly encountered snakes in central North Carolina—and true to their name, also the fastest. With the coming of warm weather, these long, slender serpents emerge from underground hibernation. Frequently seen basking in pools of sunlight along hiking trails and field edges, they'll make a hasty retreat if disturbed. Because they eat harmful insects and rodents, these rapid reptiles make great neighbors.


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Black racer adult

black racer juvenille
Black racer juvenille

Black racer photos - two excellent photos of a black racer. The bottom photo really shows how long and slender they are!

Black racer plays a part in this Cherokee story of the First Fire.

Black racer information from Davidson College's Amphibians and Reptiles of North Carolina web site.


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photos: Alvin Braswell

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