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Now, this is a feisty little snake. It took me several attempts to catch it. It was, and still is very fast. I thought at first it was a juvenile King Snake. Doing a bit more research on 2012·09·08, I now think it is a juvenile Black Racer. This specimen is about 14 inches long. Once it was captured it repeatedly attempted to strike at anything that got close to its head. Interestingly, after putting it in the critter cage and sitting it down I heard a rattling noise. This little hummer was shaking its tail briskly - though it's not a Rattle Snake. A close inspection of the animal revealed circular pupils; not slits like a Rattler and ,of course, there was no rattle on its tail - not even a little one. Also, it didn't have the look of a Rattler. But, ya know what? I am not snake-person. If I have assigned the wrong name to the snake please let me know. I found this link of a juvenile Black Racer. And have since discovered they are common to southeastern Virigina.

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At the end of June I caught a much larger Eastern King Snake here (shown at left). It was an adult and about three feet long. In fact, after discovering it the first time and releasing it later, I saw in around twice more. A friend mentioned it probably was guarding its nest. And today I caught, at first, what I thought was a juvenile King Snake that is about a month or so old. I have since discovered it to a be Black Racer. After handling the King Snake for a bit I noticed it really began to emit a very strong musky smell. Never noticed that with other snakes I've caught around here.

The capture of the juvenile Black Racer was the forth snake I cought this year. The first was a Black Snake, then a Worm Snake, the adult King Snake, and now the juvenile Black Racer. This is our twelvth summer here. I usually capture about one snake a year. Most often it has been Worm Snakes in the early fall. This has certainly been a snaky year.

If so inclined you can read more about King Snakes here.

The picture of the juvenile Black Racer was taken in a small critter cage I built in 2003ish. I used a Nikon COOLPIX P1 set on full-auto, shutter delay - 3 seconds, macro mode and flash off. The adult King Snake was also taken in the critter cage but with an Android Razr Maxx-2.


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