An enraged Gray Catbird spits its wrath at the Black Racer stalking it through the Brazilian Pepper at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. The two agitated Catbirds present did not calm down until the snake finally left the area. The Black Racer’s head is at left partially visible through the leaves while following its body to the right shows it wrapped around a branch. From the OspreyWatch project.
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.