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 Virginia Native Herp Trivia for April 23-29

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PostSubject: Virginia Native Herp Trivia for April 23-29   Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:35 pm

What Virginia native snake is this?
bonus question: Does this snake constrict it's prey before eating it?





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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Native Herp Trivia for April 23-29   Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:54 pm

Northern Black Racer-(coluber constrictor constrictor)

Yes, they do constrict thier prey before eating it.
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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Native Herp Trivia for April 23-29   Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:41 pm

David beat me to it! Definitely a black racer and a nice one too. I've heard stories, but have never experienced them chasing someone. A runner at work was telling me that he was chased by one and it really freaked him out.
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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Native Herp Trivia for April 23-29   Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:56 pm

None of our native snakes chase people. A person may find themselves between a snake and it's escape route and this is often misinterpreted as aggression.
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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Native Herp Trivia for April 23-29   Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:14 am

Any more guesses on this?
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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Native Herp Trivia for April 23-29   Sat Apr 28, 2012 12:41 pm

Black Mamba
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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Native Herp Trivia for April 23-29   Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:45 pm

MADKATTER wrote:
Black Mamba
Certainly similar attitudes. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Native Herp Trivia for April 23-29   Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:11 pm

David_Means wrote:
Yes, they do constrict thier prey before eating it.

You may want to check again.
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PostSubject: Re: Virginia Native Herp Trivia for April 23-29   Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:21 pm

So the answer: northern black racer (Coluber constrictor constrictor). Unlike what the name implies, this snake does not constrict but pins down prey against the ground and swallows prey alive. Coluber constrictor constrictor
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