Adult black racers are the largest snake on the Island, reaching lengths of 4 to 6 feet. On occasion, a large black racer has been mistaken for a garden hose. Sadly, some of these beautiful and harmless snakes are killed by landscapers or homeowners who believe them to be dangerous. Others are run over by vehicles when basking on dirt or paved roads or die tangled in fruit netting in gardens. Another factor limiting their populations is that they require large tracts of habitat with some open/early successional habitat that are are less available today. Black racers, like turtles, may experience high rates of egg predation from predators (raccoons, skunks, and crows), whose populations are abundant due to human food subsidies.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Vineyard Haven Public Library
200 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568