Northern Black Racer   

Coluber constrictor constrictor
 

Northern Black Racer
Northern Black Racer
Northern Black Racer
Northern Black Racer
Northern Black Racer
Northern Black Racer
Black Racer Overview
Black Racer Overview
Black Racer Venter
Black Racer Venter
Black Racer Chin
Black Racer Chin

Commonly Confused Native Species:

                                   

 

 

IDENTIFICATION

 

 

Size:                  A large sized snake measuring 33 to 46 inches in length.

 

Color:                Black racers have a black dorsum and bluish-gray

                           venter.  The chin is white with black specks.  Smooth

                           unkeeled scales.  Black racers can be distinguished

                           from eastern rat snakes by their cylindrical cross-section

                           and bluish-gray venter.  Their heads are only slightly

                           wider than the body.  Juveniles are patterned.              

 

Behavior:         Typically flees rapidly after detection, often seeking

                           refuge in nearby shrubs. Will vibrate tail rapidly in leaves

                           to mimic the sound of a rattlesnakes rattle, a behavior

                           seen in many CT snakes. When handled they emit an

                           unpleasant smelling musk and are very quick to bite,

                           often striking in an upward direction.  Non-venomous,

                           bite is harmless.

 

Habitat:             Prefers open habitats, especially fields, shrubby areas

                           and power line ROW's.  Forests with rocky slopes.