Northern Black Racer
Coluber constrictor constrictor
Photo of Adult Northern Black Racer courtesy of John White
Dry open grassy areas or open forest adjacent to grassy areas. They can also be found in urban, suburban and agricultural areas, and on barrier islands.
Walk along field-forest edges, particularly in Spring and Summer. These are the fastest snakes we have (thus the “racer”) and can flee readily, but will also stand their ground and strike repeatedly. Bite and release musk when handled, squirming to get away. Non-venomous, but the bite can be painful.
Photo of Habitat for Northern Black Racer
courtesy of Rebecca Chalmers
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401