There are two types of black snakes in our area. The Black Racer, shown here, is the less common of the two. The other black snake is the Black Rat Snake, which can reach lengths of 7 feet. Racers are smaller but can reach lengths of 5 feet. Both are beneficial species that eat mice and other pests. Racers move fast and can sometimes be seen in meadows and fields with their heads up scoping for prey.