Watch This Black Racer Snake Rudely Try to Eat a Golfer’s Ball

Written by Megan Martin
Updated: March 1, 2023
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When you think about a relaxing day on the golf greens, the last thing you expect to see is a snake. However, that’s exactly what happens in this video where a couple of golfers get some unexpected competition.

The scene opens with a beautiful picture. It’s a bright, sunny day with just a scattering of thick, fluffy clouds in the distance. The grass is green, and, across the way, the surface of the pond is calm. However, from the very start of the video, you can see there’s something in the distance, sitting almost perfectly between the person behind the camera and the pond.

As the camera zooms in, you’re able to see the tell-tale slither that lets you know this is a snake, and a rather large one from the looks of it. The snake seems to be on a mission, slithering toward the right of the camera with a trained focus. As the golfers continue to watch the snake slithering across the green, the woman behind the camera asks more about the snake. After she is told it’s a black racer, she asks if it is poisonous.

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Racers eat small animals like rodents, frogs, toads, lizards, birds, and bird eggs.

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Around halfway through the video, it becomes clear what exactly this black racer has its eyes set on. Almost completely harmless to humans, the same cannot be said for a golf ball! Black racers have a highly diverse diet, which can consist of the eggs of small animals. And, it just so happens that golf balls can resemble eggs, especially to a snake’s eyes!

However, while it may seem like this snake is in search of a quick meal, it quickly slithers past the ball towards the other side of the golf course.

Are Black Racer Snakes Poisonous?

Technically, poison is a chemical component that harms someone if they consume that organism or object. Snakes can be poisonous, but the bigger problem occurs when bitten by a venomous snake. This means that they produce venom that is injected into their victims. The rule of thumb when remembering the difference between poisonous and venomous is that: if you bite it and get hurt, it’s poisonous; if it bites you and you get hurt, it’s venomous.

With this in mind, black racer snakes are not venomous. However, they can still inflict a painful bite that can introduce harmful bacteria. Most of the time, though, they’d much rather prefer to scurry away like the black racer snake in the video.

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I'm a writer with almost five years of experience. I recently graduated from Wingate University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a double minor in biology and professional and technical writing. I love everything animals and nature related! The American kestrel is my favorite animal, but I also like sharks and alligators. In my free time, I like to watch documentaries and explore nature.

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