Northern racers are not NASCAR dudes hailing from above the Mason Dixon line. Nope.
This is a northern racer.
K2 came across a big one of these on one of our paths. She didn't disturb him and luckily I was nearby. I like snakes so I took the opportunity to try and flip him over with a long handled hoe. He didn't like it. At all. See that long skinny tail? He started thrashing around and rattling that tail like a rattler - pretty distinctive behavior and enough for us to identify him later.
Interesting factoid: Northern black racers are classified asColuber constrictor constrictor. However, they are not constrictors.