Thursday, June 2, 2011

Snake seen at Hawk Mountain

A Northern Black Racer snake was seen and photographed at Hawk Mountain by Rachel Evans of Reading PA.  The picture was taken with a cell phone so the quality is suspect but I believe it to be a Northern Black Racer.  The tell tale sign of a black racer is when it tries to flee it holds its head up high and moves swiftly through cover. It looks like it is trying to do this in the picture! It is all black with 17 rows of scales.  If grabbed it will bite repeatedly and thrash about violently.  It is carries non-poisonous venom. 

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