A Southern Black Racer snake swallows a meal marked by the conspicuous large bulge of its throat as its prey is swallowed. The thick pasture grass at Treasure Hammock Ranch making for an ideal hunting ground for the Racer to move through keeping hidden from its prey until the fateful moment of capture. From the Florida Cattle Ranch project.
I came upon this Black Racer stalking prey through the sea grapes along a trail at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. The Racer’s focus was not disturbed by my presence as its powerful jaws grabbed an unsuspecting Brown Anole and devoured it in the span of just a few minutes. The Anole, which struggled to the very end, its tail whipping back and forth as it disappeared down the snake’s throat, was deftly maneuvered by the snake into a head […]
Mara the cat had an unexpected and intense interest in the still image of yesterday’s post when it was on the computer screen. She must have a strong recognition of snakes, even two-dimensional still images of snakes, from her brief time as a wild outdoor kitten.
A mad dash for the camera and a few shots through the tinted office door window documented one of the occasional visit by the Black Racer snake to the breezeway at Audubon House. Any attempt to open the door to get a clearer shot would have seen the snake race away at lightning speed out of sight into the bushes.
Here begins the third and final post wandering McKee Botanical Garden to see the dinosaur exhibit. More waterlilies in a shadowy spot along the trail. Our first look at the Bambiraptor. The raptor part is obvious for this carnivore. The Bambi part is a bit of a tale. The family that discovered the fossilized remains loved the Disney film so they gave the name “Bambi” to their discovery. An odd choice given the Bambiraptor probably lacked the true Bambi’s gentle […]
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A Loggerhead Shrike atop the old windmill at Treasure Hammock Ranch. Too damaged by past hurricanes to work anymore, the windmill stands out in one of the pastures, its concrete water trough dry as a bone. Sitting one day on the edge of the trough relaxing from the walk, I looked down inside the trough to find a large Black Racer trying frantically to no avail to stretch its long body to reach the top and escape, the high walls […]