NC Snake Pictures / Southern Racer Snake
Coluber constrictor priapusNon-venomous; adult size 36-66 inches (914 to 1,676 mm); uncommon.
Distribution key: blue=where snake is found
Similar in appearance to the Redbelly Water Snake, but the belly is cream-colored instead of orange. Also the body is smaller in diameter and it is found in fields and open woodland rather than in water. The black variation of this snake looks very similar to the Northern Black Racer, but has a much larger white patch under the chin, and red or orange eyes instead of dark brown eyes.
The Southern Racer is found along the coastal plain from extreme southeastern NC to Florida. This snake feeds on insects, eggs, mice, frogs and lizards. It lives in brushy areas, rocky hillsides, and meadows, and underneath boards or tin around old buildings. It is not aggressive and will quickly flee if you stand still, then slowly back away. However, if this snake is struck, cornered or captured, it will coil, rattle it's tail (bluff) and lunge at the intruder to defend itself.