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Southern Black Racer
The name Black Snake is a nickname for the Southern Black Racer which is one of Florida's most common snakes. It is not poisonous, but be careful if you see one because it will bite to defend itself, especially if it is cornered. When it crawls through the grass, it often holds its head up like a periscope to search for food. (It especially likes lizards and small rodents.) As the Southern Black Racer's name suggests, it can move very quickly.This slender snake can grow to be about four feet long. It has smooth black scales on the top and sides. It has a white chin and gray undersides. The eyes can be yellow or red. If you are lucky enough to see this snake yawn, you will find that the inside of its mouth is bright pink. The Black Snake is a daytime snake. It likes to sun itself on bushes, in the grass or even on the branches of trees.
Above, a Black Racer sunning himself on some bushes
Above, a Black Racer has turned gray
and is almost ready to molt
Above, Black Racers are black again after they
have shed their outer skin
Above, the skin from a Black Racer after the snake
molted in a tree
A Black Racer's skin after a snake molted in the leaves
on the ground
We hope you enjoy this poem about
the Southern Black Racer...