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Black Racer, Coluber constrictor, Sunset Beach, NC, 09/04/09

Jeff Beane, Collections Manager for Herpetology, North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences, wrote this about this snake:

It is a juvenile (recent hatchling) black racer (Coluber constrictor). Racers are strongly patterned when they hatch, but lose their pattern quickly as they age, usually having turned solid black except for a small white patch under the chin by the time they're a year or so old. Racers are one of the most common and frequently encountered snakes in NC. They're highly adaptable generalists--living in most terrestrial habitats. They're fast, nervous, high-strung snakes, nearly always fleeing when they can (and biting when they can't--their bite is harmless, of course). Racers often inhabit maritime forest and the grassy scrub areas behind beach dunes, but they don't usually venture very far down onto open beaches. This little hatchling probably got disoriented.

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