Black Racer Snake
(Coluber constrictor)

Black Racer
Photo by permission of SUNY-ESF

Seasons in Walnut Creek: Year-round resident hibernates in winter

The Black Racer is similar in appearance to the Black Rat Snake. Black Racers have a white chin but differ from the rat snake by having a dark belly. The species is alert, active and very fast. The Black Racer is not a threat to people but may strike if cornered.

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Walnut Creek Sighting: Seen along State Street near boardwalk on a warm, sunny September day.

Black Racer
Photo by permission of J. Davis
Black Racer
Photo by permission of Randy Newman


This page prepared by 8th grader Hasmin G.
Exploris Middle School - Fall 2008