This snake is one of the more common snakes you can find here in Virginia. This is largely do to the fact that they are 1) very plentiful and 2) they are active during the day and 3) the are fond of edge areas between forests and open areas. Places such as Virginian suburbs have plenty of.
These snakes do indeed bite, however these bites are harmless, but they could draw blood. If you do get bit make sure to wash the bite with soap and water to prevent infection.
Black racer’s love to hide in hidden areas such as crevices, logs, tall grass, etc. As such, if they encounter any human’s they would prefer to flee rather than attack. They will only attack if cornered or picked up.
It is against the law in Virginia to keep any wild snake as a pet.