The Black Racer Snake, a non-venomous reptile, is a long, slender reptile with round pupils. It’s jet black with smooth scales and a gray/black belly along with a white chin. It grows to an average size of 20 to 56 inches with the record length being 72 inches. Black Racers have the ability to glide, climb and swim at high speeds to catch food and escape predators. They inhabit water areas, grasslands, prairies, scrub, bushy areas and sandy hills. They commonly occupy Florida and are found in eastern America from northeastern Texas and north to Minnesota. Their diet entails rodents, birds, frogs, toads, lizards, insects, eggs and other small snakes. Mating occurs March through June and the female lays 6 to 20 eggs from May to August. Baby Back Racers are born 6 inches long and live for about 10 years.
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Cool story: I was sitting in the front patio area behind a long stretch of bushes at my home in Titusville, FL. Suddenly this Black Racer snake literally leaps for a lizard directly in front of me. I rushed inside my house and grabbed my camera for a shot. When I returned, I startled the snake as he slithered through the grass to the ditch behind my home. As I followed, it actually became acclimated to my presence. Eventually it completely ignored me as he settled and mildly started to search for food along the water’s edge of the ditch. I was able to literally sit on the ground a few feet from it and merge with its environment. Then I noticed a second Black Racer next to me as it approached the waterline and exhibited the same behavior. Then, of course, I photographed them and took up to 80 pictures during our wonderful experience. Oddly, Black Racer snakes quickly flee from humans, but these two acted like celebrities with the desire of a photo shoot. Maybe National Geographic called them and scheduled a session.View/Buy Larger Photo Gallery/Store