Southern Black Racer [Coluber constrictor priapus]

    This 2 1/2 foot long specimen was encountered adjacent to a lake/retention pond in southeastern Duval County, Florida on 11/3/2005 while the photographer was searching for aquatic mollusks. After several minutes of intently observing the photographer, the serpent decided that retreat was in order and it departed the area at a high rate of speed