The slick southern black racer

The one snake that is probably the most common in our range is the southern black racer. The southern black race is often seen streaking across the road or through the yard, especially in the springtime when they are searching for a mate. They are diurnal (active during the daytime) and terrestrial (mostly stay on the ground rather than climbing trees).

The southern black racer is common in our range of central Florida.

southern black racer

The one point I would like make clear is that the southern black racer is NOT venomous. In fact, they a perfectly harmless to humans in general. Sure, they may bite if you attempt to handle them but their teeth tend to be no more damaging than a pin prick. They are a Colubrid and are NOT a constrictor like the native corn or rat snakes. The diet of the southern black racer is a bit modified from their constrictor cousins. While they will occasionally take small rodents like mice, they prefer prey that is less likely to harm them like toads, lizards and other snake (yes, venomous too). In the pet trade black racers in general are rare due to the fact that they don’t do as well in captivity as other snakes. This is due to their diet and their tendency to be easily stressed.

We don’t really offer snake removal for the southern black racer unless it is cornered inside a house or more commonly a garage or shed. It is very hard to remove them from the outdoors of a property because they tend not to stay around in one spot for very long. By the time we would be arriving, the snake would be a mile away. We do offer product which creates a barrier around the property that helps to deter them from entering. It is important to remember the reality of the situation which is the southern black racer cannot hurt you other than scaring you.

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