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Question of the Week – Black Racer

Posted by romeethredge on July 24, 2014

Last week’s snake was a newly hatched Black Racer.

Here’s what the adult looks like.

species photo

Here’s some info from the Savannah River Ecology Lab.  http://srelherp.uga.edu/snakes/colcon.htm

“Black racers are only active during the daytime and are most active in warm weather. At night and during cool weather they take refuge in burrows or under cover such as boards or tin. Racers hunt by sight and are often observed actively foraging during the day. They are not active at night. They eat a wide variety of prey including insects, lizards, snakes, birds, rodents, and amphibians.

Racers are faster than most other snakes, very agile, and generally flee when approached, often climbing into small trees or shrubs. If cornered, however, they do not hesitate to bite. Although primarily terrestrial, they climb well and are occasionally observed sleeping in vegetation at night. Racers mate in the spring, and females lay up to 36 eggs in early summer.”

Decatur county agent, Justin Ballew, showed me this butterfly this week. What is it?

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2 Responses to “Question of the Week – Black Racer”

  1. Steve Stevenson said

    Red-Spotted Purple NA Brush-Footed Butterfly

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