RE: NANFA-- Okefenokee trip pictorial

Bruce Stallsmith (
Fri, 12 Apr 2002 15:29:12 -0400

> I used to hear stories, probably some of the same as you heard, about
>racers, and thought that they were all just folk tales. I remember, as a
>young adult, taking a group of folks from up North snake hunting in my
>original home state of Florida. I told them that black racers couldn't
>REALLY jump clear off of the ground and that they wouldn't REALLY chase
>you......... Oops! On that trip they all got to see a black racer chase me
>and leap off the ground while trying to bite me.
> Good reason to get into fish, don't you think?

Yeah, "chased by a black racer" happened to me in Boy Scouts along the C&O
Canal in Maryland, and I know other field biologists it's happened to. I've
seen rocky bluffs here in 'bama that are inhabited by both rattlers and
black racers, and the racers are more of a problem because of their
aggressiveness. But I still love herps...

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A
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